Washington POST review
- This one's very curious with its blend of praise and lip-curled slam.
" You can feel Lewis the professional writer cleverly pandering to his
readership of patriotic, well-educated middle-class English adolescents of
the '50s. ... The movie is really another in a long line of unquestioning
colonial morale-raisers, so necessary for the maintenance of empire, circa
1950, when the book was published: It's about the arrival in a troubled land
(Narnia, in whose syllables may be heard a faint echo of "Britannia") of
white Britons of noble visage, pale beauty and steely bearing in the middle
of a war of darker creatures. "
Amusingly, on another page I passed this morning I saw praise of the
incredible beauty of "winter-steeped" Narnia. Of course that's supposed to
be part of the =bad= part. Though, in the book, it does set off winningly
the beauty of =coziness=, the tea with Mr. Tumnus, or when we get to the