Narnia

The wife and I went out last night, dinner and a movie, nothing particularly fancy. I had the best chicken fajitas I’ve had in a long time; she wasn’t quite as fond of her enchilada. A little hit, a little miss.

The movie we settled on was The Chronicles of Narnia. She, the wife, read and loved the Narnia books as a kid. I just recently read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe in preparation for this film. I enjoyed seeing all the fantasy creatures come to life on the screen. The griffon in particular was stunning. The lion looks much better in action than he does in the stills I’ve seen online, but he was still the least believable of the animal characters. The beavers were great, at one point I thought it’d be cool if they had their own television show, a beaver sitcom. Must see TV with rodents. The special effects and CGI were good, great in places, but not the best I’ve ever seen. Not Lord of the Rings great. The problem I had with the movie was the same problem I had with the book, it just seemed slow. It seemed to take forever to get them all to Narnia and once they were there it took forever to see anything really cool. The final battle was okay. It probably would have been great if it weren’t for that Ring trilogy from a little while back. Overall I’d say that it was a good movie and give it a B-. The wife would probably disagree and give it an A, but then she’s got childhood Narnia memories that I don’t have.

In other news, having finally found it, I finished Holly Lisle’s Last Girl Dancing. I struggled with the whole cop turned stripper aspect of the book, to many bad Cinemax movies I guess. But the characters were good and the writing solid. I enjoyed the relationship between Jess, the cop, and Hank, the psychic. And I really liked the way Holly handled Hank’s psychic talent. And the ending had me turning pages as fast as I could. The book didn’t knock me on my ass the way Midnight Rain did, but it’s a solid hit and I’m looking forward to diving into Talyn and seeing what Holly does in a fantasy setting.