‘Narnia’ or ‘The Tourist’: What to See?

With the global recession being what it is and 3D ticket prices gouging wallets to a preposterous degree, Celebuzz felt a duty to inform our readers to the best of our ability about the movies coming out this weekend so that our faithful don’t waste their long-awaited Friday without knowing the facts first.

This Friday, November 10 brings with it the fantasy adaptation The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Tourist, a globe-trotting thriller with the acting talents of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

Check out both trailers below:

Dawn Treader is the third book to be adapted from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series (a child’s first epic) but it’s the first in 3D and definitely the first in 4D. Select theaters in South Korea will show the film in 4D with wind, rain and other elements being cast onto audience members. So for those wanting the ultimate Narnia experience, there’s never been a better time to visit Asia.

Metacritic.com currently gives the film a 53/100 score that’s culled from 19 reviews. Chicago Sun-Times writer Roger Ebert believes it’s the best 3D he’s seen in an action movie but was disappointed with the film’s flow. “This is a rip-snorting adventure fantasy for families, especially the younger members who are not insistent on continuity.”

Betsy Sharkey of the LA Times was not as kind as she complained about one of the primary villains: green mist. “Lewis knew enough to stir up much more than mist in Dawn Treader, which is probably why it will be his that we remember.”

Despite being 70 films deep into Hollywood, Depp and Jolie, who live less than an hour from each other in the south of France, told Entertainment Weekly they never met before making The Tourist

“We’re both not that social,” said the 35-year-old mother of six. “I don’t think either one of us goes out of our house, especially in France. We’re both locked away.”

But perhaps they shouldn’t have met at all. According to industry analysts, The Tourist, budgeted at $100 million, may have a difficult time making its money back. Metacritic’s 27 reviews averaged out to a dismal 41/100 score, although Stephanie Zacharek of Movieline.com believes most of the hate is because people simply didn’t get it. “The Tourist is one of those movies that will leave some viewers scratching their heads, wondering why there isn’t more action, more snazzy editing, more obvious crackle between its stars, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. But I suspect the people who get The Tourist will simply adore it: It’s the kind of espionage caper that doesn’t get made anymore, a visually sensuous picture made with tender attention to detail and an elegant, understated sense of humor.”

Count the Hollywood Reporter on the list of reviewers who may not have gotten it. Todd McCarthy writes, “What’s served under a label promising first-class champagne tastes like last night’s prosecco in The Tourist. Staggeringly misjudged in virtually every department, from the wannabe effervescent script to Johnny Depp’s dopey hairdo, this zero-chemistry pairing of Angelina Jolie and Depp stands as an object lesson in the perils of succumbing to the siren call of big-time Hollywood filmmaking for a foreign director with one art house hit behind him.”

Both films are hoping for impressive showings this weekend that will help carry them into the busy Christmas season. Which, if any, of these movies will you see tonight? Tell us in the comments section.