"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
Stars in Narnia? Nicole Kidman has apparently been tapped to play the White Witch in the movie version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I don't know how I feel about this. One of the strengths of the Lord of the Rings was its purposeful shunning of star power. The most recognizable person was Cate Blanchett, who had a very minor role. Then came Ian McKellan, who makes up for it by being under a pile of makeup and being trained in Shakespearean acting. After that came Sean Bean, who's not that well known, and John Rhys Davies, who you couldn't even recognize. This helped with the immersion factor, and made them better movies. This, combined with the Disney backing, make me worry that these movies will be far too Hollywood to capture the true spirit of the books.
On the other hand, a little star power doesn't hurt, and the part of the villain is probably the best spot for it. I won't panic until they cast Tom Cruise as the voice of Aslan.
Besides--Virginia Woolf as the White Witch? Who can say no?
Posted by Timothy2:59 PM
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