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Chronicle of Saturday

Posted on December 11th, 2005

6am. Alarm… blaring. Body… struggling. I wrestled with the grasp of sleep for a good forty minutes or so before I came out a winner. If there is anything that I would hate to be at that time, it is to be awake; truly, I must say that I wholeheartedly disagree with having a 9am exam slot on a Saturday. It is cruel and unnecessary torture!

So Economics came and went in far less time than I would have thought, which meant that the little studying that I did was sufficient for the exam. One thing that I will say is that Distance Ed is pretty awesome like that ๐Ÿ˜‰ My next exam isn’t until Tuesday so I elected to escape Waterloo for a bit and head to Toronto. There, I could study in almost complete silence, make preparations for family Christmas functions, do some Christmas shopping, and hang out.

This last activity took up the bulk of the day; I had made plans to watch the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe in the evening. Andrea was in town from Waterloo as well, and we figured that it’d be swell to chill. So without further delay, here are my thoughts on the movie.

For a kid’s movie, it was really, really, really well done. The cinematography was amazing (in fact, it bore striking resemblance to the Oscar-winning look of the Lord of the Rings), and the acting was great (especially considering the ages of some of the actors). I was really impressed with how closely it stuck to the novel; while there were some creative liberties taken, it did not stray very far from what CS Lewis wrote.

One review that I read said that atheists would cry about the Christian undertones in the movie. After seeing the movie, I have to fully disagree with that sentiment. Yes, there are a lot of Christian themes that could be pulled from the movie, but only if one was looking for them. Otherwise, it’s a story about a bunch of kids in a house going on a crazy adventure. The comparisons are only there if you make yourself aware of them; there is no mention of religion in the movie at all. Besides, we all know that Lewis was a Christian and that his faith influenced his writing (although he claims that he didn’t mean to make this book so Christian-like).

The gripes that I do have are minor: some of the dialogue was really cheesy, some of the costumes were cheesy, and some of the voices were cheesy. But I had to expect as much for a movie aimed at a very broad audience. Overall, it was one of the best movies that I had seen in a while, and I recommend it to everyone. Too bad I knew how it would end ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyhow, I’m getting really pooped; I got home only a short while ago, and my legs are feeling very tired after a lot of walking. This has turned out to be quite an insanely long day for me… gotta end it now. Ciao!

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