Thursday, December 08, 2005

Hey, let's make a movie about it!!! Well, at least the popular parts!!!

http://www.suntimes.com/output/movies/sho-sunday-narnia04.html
(If this link stops working, the article is "Creating the magic of 'Narnia'" from www.suntimes.com December 4, 2005 BY CINDY PEARLMAN)


The most troubling article I’ve read about The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Some of the things the director and the producer said about the original books are simply not true.

EG:
{"We felt the girls should have a more active role in the movie," says producer Mark Johnson. "For example, the girls had no weapons in the books. C.S. thought it was ugly when girls fight.}

False. One of the 3 gifts given to the children by Father Christmas (who I’m sure they’ll write out of the movie) is a bow and arrows for Susan. Lucy is the youngest and is given a healing potion. Why is it bad to be a medic? Queef on the producer making C.S. Lewis out to be a prick.

{"We said, 'That's not the world we live in today.' Our girls have bows and arrows."}

Congratulations!! 1940 is not the world we live in today! Boys and girls would have been raised very differently in the time of these books. Let alone, Susan- no matter her sex- is the nurturing character, and Lucy is a very little girl. And again, Susan has a bow and arrows

{"It is violent, but a medieval battle is a medieval battle. Everyone is wearing armor and waving around swords. That's the story."}

That’s the story? So because violence is widely tolerated in cinema, your defense of leaving it in the movie is, “That’s the story.” But christian metaphors are less than accepted in movies, so we’ll go ahead and cut those out. If this book had Islamic metaphors in it, I would want them in the movie, because, “That’s the story.” Don’t make a movie from a beloved book and change key undertones, or at least study the book very closely, which based on the producer’s quotes, he did not. I’ll also go so far as to say that if the book had Islamic metaphors, I guarantee they would have made the movie. Yeah, I said it!

{"In the book, [Aslan]'s described as the size of an elephant, but I thought that would be really weird and difficult to shoot,"}

It is widely understood that Aslan is not usually seen as the size of an elephant. Also, the narrations in the original story do not depict Aslan as being much bigger than a regular lion. He is also mistaken for normal lions in other books at times. Aslan also says that he doesn’t appear the same to you every time you see him. My point is, this was a misguiding and misinformed quote. From what I’ve seen, I have no problem with the size of Aslan in the movies, but I don’t like this justification.

{"To me, religion was never an issue with this film. I think we've adapted the book for people of all belief systems."}

Fucking stupid. If you don’t want Aslan to mirror a Christ character- don’t make Narnia movies.

Ok, that’s my rant.