Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the trailer for THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE... Strange... I get a feeling of deja-vu for some reason as I type the intro to this piece... I don't know what it is... maybe it's because I posted the HARRY POTTER trailer today as well... Hrmmm...
I hope the version of Narnia that unfolds for us this Christmas is awesome. I really do. I'm a little disappointed that Brian Cox is no longer voicing Aslan... I really hope they don't get Ian McKellen to do it... I know he's on the short list... I love the man's work, don't get me wrong, but the movie seems to already be fighting an uphill battle to distance itself from LOTR, the last thing we need is the wise leader having Gandalf's voice coming out of him.
Here's a link to the trailer, having it's "world online premiere" on Moviefone. I'll be below with my thoughts:
I think the cinematography looks very nice, however I'm worried that this flick might have some trouble finding its own identity. The stuff at the beginning looks a whole lot like LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS and I see a whole lot of FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and THE TWO TOWERS in the Narnia parts of the trailer. I really dig on the White Witch, but why is the White Witch wearing black?
I think there's a lot to like in the trailer, but I also think the filmmakers have a lot to prove as well. It looks sharp, the set design is pretty good... The CG doesn't seem too bad... I really like Aslan so far... The biggest worry for me, still, is whether or not this film can find its own identity. I got my fingers crossed. What do you folks think?