Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Wondrous Times
In my last post complaining about cinema, I didn't get into something that, at least to me, seems increasingly striking these days. The art of technology is the movies has reached a level that is superb. Yet I know it will get better still. As evidence, I present the following coming attractions: Peter Jackson's King Kong and the new Chronicles of Narnia movie. The previews look spectacular. As Kevin Spacey's Lester Burnham said, "specTACular."
Both of these flicks have been done before. Everyone knows the several editions of the Kong Show and the Beeb did a version of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" that was fairly awful. The lead girl had a hideous overbite and a lisp - "Oh Aflan!" And the effects were, well, Dr. Who when we expected original Star Wars. Now, we have a CGI giant gorilla that looks as real as ... it looks incredibly real. And all the fantasy C.S. Lewis wrote looks now gloriously real. It is open to question whether the movies will actually be good movies, but how lucky are we to live in an era when such fantasies can be made so (I'm going to use the word again) real.

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