the holiday blockbuster thread!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Brad Barker, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    there are at least two big blockbusters this holiday season, and i figured it would make sense to consolidate them into one thread.

    1) the chronicles of narnia: the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe

    2) king kong

    [change of plans--see the king kong thread for king kong-related excitement. :meh: ]

    i saw (1) last night. i was a big fan of the books when i read them when i was in 3rd grade, so this movie had several years' worth of expectations attached to it from me. it did not disappoint. well acted by all. lucy, in particular, was adorable! i want a lucy of my own! :D

    i don't recall every detail from the book, so i can't comment on what was done differently. i can say with confidence, however, that there was no big epic battle in the book. :p

    the battle in the movie was very cool, though. it was lord of the rings caliber, imo, and framed in a better story.

    however, i don't know what was sacrificed from the original story for this battle scene. in its own right, the film is excellent.

    an added bonus is that you get to see what i looked like in elementary school--edmund is ME, man! very, very strange!

    once i'm back in psl (in tampa at the moment) and have some pictures of myself as a kid, i'll have to post some comparisons. :D

    i will be seeing (2) in the near future.
  2. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    I saw both of them on Tuesday. CONarnia was good- I wasn't very impressed with the intergration of the CG and the actors, but I'm nitpicky about that. Pretty accurate to the book, IIRC.

    King Kong though.....TOTALLY kicked ass. It's three hours long...but it was incredible. Best CG action sequences I've seen since Return of the King, and some were better (although on a smaller scale, of course).
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I've been rather disappointed by Blockbuster's policy regarding their late fees. I do not use them anymore.
  4. :confused:
  5. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
  6. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Probably need to put the new Harry Potter movie in there. That film's made some serious coin since November..

    I really want to see Narnia!!

    King Kong... Meh....
  7. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca

    considered it, but that's already been out for a month. :meh:

    and there's already a thread for harry potter: goblet.

    ...unlike king kong. :bawl:
  8. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I saw The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I've read the series many times since the first in 4th grade and I recently taught it with my class so I read each chapter three times. I noticed every single difference from the book but as far as adaptations go this is about as true as it gets to the book.

    You betta check yoself! That battle is indeed in the book except Lewis mostly left the details to the imagination. However, we do see a recount of Edmund smacking the White Witch's wand in the book and we also see Aslan pouncing on her. In the book, just like in the movie, the battle is progressing as Aslan is bringing the stone creatures back to life. However, Lewis doesn't take us there until Aslan and the other creatures arrive at the battle. The movie shows us the battle before Aslan gets there, which is pretty much a necessity of the movie version IMO.

    Two major sequences that come to mind that weren't in the book are:

    The confrontation with the wolves on the ice (the lead wolf, captain of the witch's secret police, was named Fenris Ulf in the book. His name is inexplicably changed in the movie).

    The Beavers' and Pevensies' escape from the beaver house was different in the movie...obviously the purpose was to make it more exciting.

    There were a bunch more but those are two big ones.


    Although I thoroughly enjoyed the movie I must agree. There were some times that were way too green-screeny and at the beginning there were some awkward moments with Mr. Tumnus's legs. I expected better from Weta. Some of the makeup wasn't that great either. The problem is these are all things that I compare to Lord of the Rings, which was near-flawless in that regard.

    Aslan was superb though. Really good CG there IMO.

    brad cook
  9. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    ah, man. i totally riggity-wrecked myself. :(

    that's a much better name, i think! makes sense naming a wolf fenris.

    and agreed about the cg. less than perfect.
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    We saw 1 last weekend. Excellent movie! Some of the CG was less than perfect, but it wasn't overly noticeable.

    I think it is the best movie I have seen this year, and maybe the best I have seen since ROTK.

    That battle sequence was amazing. Second best I have seen, a bit behind the big one in ROTK.

    We will go and see 2 in a couple of weeks, after my 2 weeks of on call is over.
  12. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Ditto on both articulate! There hasn't been a movie in recent years that you'd be able to pay me to rent, let alone waste at least twice as much bread on in a theater.
  13. You should become a professional movie critic.

    Seriously though, those are some high standards. It seems that whenever someone says that new movies, games, books etc are no good, they forget that the old ones weren't any better.
  14. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Entirely true...there were definitely more than a handful of "classic" flicks that I could barely choke my way through. I don't think I have high standards when it comes to movies, I just don't like to waste my time.
  15. Narnia was a great film - and not just because I am IN IT!

    Yeah I was an extra - 4 18 hour days in Ogre makeup was not a lot of fun, but a great experience.

    Tilda Swinton is nice in person, no Diva ego, but sufficiently menacing as Jadis, the White Witch.
  16. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca

    oh, man! i haven't seen you around in a long while! :eek:

    which ogre were you? :p

    and i guess that trumps my "being" edmund. :( :p