Saturday, February 04, 2006

I liked it!

Those of you who know me, my opinions on movies in general, movies made from books in particular, and--even more particularly--movies made from books that I love, will be very surprised to hear this: I saw the new Narnia movie, and I really liked it! I was surprised myself. For those of you who don't know me that well, my friends from Bible school could explain that I usually think a movie is a good excuse to take a nap.

Anyway, Wednesday night Will came home, with Narnia on DVD. We'd never rented a movie before, so I was completely surprised. He knew that I didn't want to see it, but he said there wasn't really anything else that was interesting. I couldn't let him watch it by himself, even though I expected not to like it. So, the children went to bed early, and we had a date night, which would have been fun, even without such a good movie.

I have to say that it wasn't exactly like the book. Still, it was about as close as possible. Some details weren't like I imagine them, but some actually were! Of course, the book is still better, but I certainly don't regret having seen the movie. Overall, it was a very good picture of the story that we love.

Still, who needs movies, when you have children for entertainment? Raia's crawling is better than any comedy. Jaan has been playing out a drama, involving a snake (long black shoelace) who eats from a can, takes long walks, sleeps in a hat of Raia's, and goes potty. When he's not busy with his snake, he has work to do with his beloved crane (broken plastic clothes hanger). Then, he has to spend as much time outside as he possibly can, and sometimes he can fit preschool
activities with Mama into his busy schedule. I have more of those to write about and post pictures of sometime soon. . . .


BabaJulie said...

Hi, Phyllis! Well, I must say, your comments are motivating me to see the movie! I feel about the same way about them. The few I've been to see in the past 20 years were a great disappointment. (And, I always think the book was better!) But, I also would like to recommend End of the Spear. It was very hard to watch (since we all know the ending). I cried almost from the beginning. And, it does leave a lot of gaps. But, because of that, Abby and I are going back and reading (or re-reading) all the books. So, maybe I have started watching movies again!! Tell Jaan and Raia to keep up the good work!! Much Love to All!

Anonymous said...

Honey--I laughed long and hard at the description of your daily entertainment. Those who don't fully appreciate their children's worlds miss so much.

Soon I expect to be seeing Narnia with Dad. (He went the first night it was in the theater.)

We love each of you dearly....

Anonymous said...

I told you so. ( - ;

Babajulie is right about "End of the Spear." It was well done. I was disappointed to see that it was not doing better in the theaters. It just didn't get enough publicity.

Everyone should go to their website and watch the short videos about the making of the movie. Some of these are as inspiring as the movie.

Anonymous said...

I loved ALL your comments! Especially the one about "Who needs movies..."

Fr. Christos' grandfather used to say, "Who needs the Theatre when you have children!" You just amaze me that you would say virtually the same thing as a wise old "Papou" who lived his whole life in a little Greek village.

It is so true though! Children are THE best entertainment and your little boy has a very vivid immagination! Keep up the good work!

We saw Narnia too and loved it. It was fun to go as a family and the baby slept in her sling the whole time. Just like her Papou! My dad ALWAYS falls asleep in movies! LOL

God Bless you all!