I’m a little late on mentioning this, but I assume you’ve already seen the brand new trailer for The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. What’s that? You say you haven’t yet? Well, my good sir/madam, simply click right here to watch it (or here for the extra-large QuickTime version).
I’ll admit to being a little skeptical of the movie, especially coming so close on the heels of the Lord of the Rings movies. It seemed like the The Lion… would forever be in the shadow of the LOTR adaptations. However, the more I see, the more I feel my fears and trepidation slipping away. And this trailer just might be the clincher.
For starters, I love the fact that the latest trailer begins on a darker, more ominous note. Up until now, the Narnia film looked a little too bright and cheery to me. But this trailer shows the film might have that right amount of seriousness to make the fantasy work. I’ll admit to being a little put off by hearing Liam Neeson’s voice come out of Aslan’s mouth, but the more I think about it, the more it grows on me. Neeson seems to have the right tone here, projecting the right amount of authority and tone.
And what about the visuals? Do I dare say it, that The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe might be even more splendid than the Lord Of The Rings movies? I love the look of the White Witch’s domain, all blue and chilled. Tumnus, the Centaurs, and all of the other mythical creatures look spot on. And the few shots we get of the purely CGI creatures, such as Aslan and the Beavers, look fantastic (and Ray Winstone is the perfect choice for Mr. Beaver).
Peter Chattaway has chimed in with his thoughts, and he raises a few good, though admittedly nitpicky points.