The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Yesterday, Jess, Alex and I went to see the new Chronicles of Narnia film. We went to a cinema in the small seaside town of Lynton, because we fancied going for a bit of a drive; it was a bit cold though, Alex still hasn’t had his heating fixed! Once parked, we make our way up to the tiny little cinema, which consists of an entrance hall with snacks, a ticket booth, and a door into the screening room.

As soon as we got into the room and sat down, we were faced with a very cheap-looking yellow nylon curtain and the smell of the 1960s. While we were waiting for the cinema to fill, they played music that can only be described as carousel music, the sort played off an old electronic organ. As people poured in, it became apparent that everyone knew everyone else. The time of the showing was approaching.

The curtain was peeled away perfectly on time, revealing a decent-sized screen. No adverts or trailers were played and the film began straight away. To our great surprise, the quality of the screen was amazing, giving an excellent picture and not distorted around the edges at all. The sound, while not THX Digital Surround (or whatever it is) was much better than expected.

We all loved the film. I didn’t remember much of the story at all, and was reminded as the film played on, so I can’t comment how faithful it is to the original story. The effects were very good and entirely believable, and the battle scenes really sucked you in.

That’s a film I’d like to see again at some point, and we will certainly become more regular users of that cinema!