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Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (7/10)

Posted on December 20th, 2005 filed in Movie Reviews    |   

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Summary:

This movie is the adaptation of the enchanting C.S. Lewis novel. During the Second World War, the 4 Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy, are taken away to safety into the huge country house of an old and unconventional professor. While playing hide and seek, young Lucy hides in a massive wardrobe which leads her to the snow covered land of ‘Narnia’. She then takes her siblings and the adventure begins in a world where it is always winter but never Christmas, in a world where the most mystical creatures live, fauns and beavers are your friends and all the animals talk. In this enchanting world, the children must swear alliance with Aslan, the Great King of Narnia, and fight the evil white witch, who has kept Narnia under her glacial spell for over a century and turns to stones everybody who disobeys her. In this defining battle, the children will learn that love and courage can conquer all…

Review:

Apparently, C.S Lewis (Narnia Chronicles) and J.R.R Tolkien (Lord of the ring Trilogy) were fellow professors at Oxford, and their respective work show many similarities as well in the great, mythical world they create for us.

The world of Narnia is truly enchanting. There are centaurs that are perfected like never before, fauns or goat-men that blow your mind away, all kinds of talking animals which is done in an indisputable technique, there are giants, scary and hideous monsters, dwarfs and other creatures that are beyond all imagination.

I absolutely loved Aslan the Lion; although it is an animated character, it has so much presence and charisma, that his royalty and integrity is communicated across the screen to the audience. Liam Neeson did a wonderful job in voicing this majestic, wise character. There is a lot of connotation to Christianity in the writing of C.S Lewis. From the beginning, when Mr. Tumnus finds the children, he refers to them as “Sons of Adam” and “Daughters of Eve”. Of course, the entire plot is about the fight of good against evil and at the end when Aslan rises from dead, it is just like the Christ’s resurrection.

My other favorite Character is the evil white witch. Tilda Swinton is superb in her portrayal of the dark side, she is ice cold in looks and heart, even her eyelashes are frozen. Her make up is fantastic, her castle is all made of ice, watching her gives you a chill…. The weakness of Edmund which leads to his capture by the witch, sends kids a good message about always remaining faithful to their families and not being too greedy.

The movie is enchanting and adequate for younger children in the first half, whereas the second half it is scarier and more violent, with the colorful, magical battle. The cinematography and special effects are excellent, however, the cast of the children is very disappointing, specially Lucy. Lucy is an important character with much screen time, however I find her acting and mannerisms rather annoying.

I recommend this movie for people of all ages. It sends children (and adults) a nice message of hope, feeds on their imagination and delivers colorful scenes of the battle of good against evil. If not for bad casting of the children I would have given it an 8 over 10 so instead I give it a 7.

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3 Responses to “Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (7/10)”

  1. Lucy Says:

    So true, my feelings exactly about the cast of the kids… I kept on telling my boyfriend, it is a great movie, if only the kids were a bit more charismatic, specially Lucy…. I am sure it took a great deal of money for all the special effects, the animals, it is all beautiful, all these creatures, the battles but the kids themselves are so common, I find them boring to look at, perhaps that was their purpose just ordinary kids in an extraordinary land and story!

  2. Isaah Says:

    Actually, these wild creatures and monsters and the battle did on some level remind me of the Lord of Ring Trilogy (which by the way I am a devoted fan) so to find out that the two brilliant writers were collegues at Oxford is very interesting! Makes me wonder did they used to consult on their respective work? Who influenced who? Or was it a common experience in their background education that triggered such vivid imagination which goes beyond my wildest dreams….They are both true geniuses, but then again birds of the same feather flock together… Although, Narnia by C.S.Lewis, can be enjoyed by people of all ages, it can be much more understood by a younger audience than the Lord of the Ring which has a highly complicated plot!!!! Having said that, I wish either of those two brilliant writers were my professors at college!

  3. Joan Says:

    You really think there is a Christian message behind this fantastic story? Well, come to think about it, the fight of good against evil, greed being portrayed as a sin which will lead to total disaster and as you pointed out the rebirth of their king…much like the rebirth of Jesus Christ…yet I see the flagrant correlation with religion, wow, specially the rebirth of the Lion (I was surprised they brought back from the death myself, but now I see where they got the idea from)

    Well, it is interesting to see how we are constantly bombarded by subliminal messages in movies, books, advertisement even in children’s books…well I guess, there is no escape from the ultimate fight of the good against evil..let us just pray that good will win in real life as well….

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