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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, four siblings who step through a magical wardrobe and find the land of Narnia. There, the they discover a charming, once peaceful kingdom that has been plunged into eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent lion Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a spectacular, climactic battle to be free of the Witch's glacial powers forever!
I have described the films about Middle Earth as a way of escaping reality, as a way of letting my mind go, and just disappear for a while.
I have just started reading the Narnia books for the first time, and watching the first film again made me realize how much more this story lets my mind go.
It must be because this is a story first taking place in our real world, transcending into a fantasy world. Watching the kids walking through that wardrobe and entering the world of Narnia, just reminds me so much of my childhood and how I used to daydream myself into other worlds (hell, I still do, dammit!), and living out my fantasies and doing all the things I couldn't do in real life.
C.S. Lewis' amazing imagination has truly created a universe that I can relate to, and I will forever cherish the books and the films for that.
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of books that is very dear to me. I have always had great pleasure reading them and I think they represent a benchmark in fantasy literature aimed at children and young adults. The books explore themes of faith (in oneself and higher powers) and the strength of family on a deeper level, all drenched in an epic fantasy backdrop that alludes to myths and religion.
On to the film then. I'll start by saying that it looks absolutely stunning. The cinematography is beautiful and most of the CGI is fine and it sports some great set pieces. And that's about it. It has nothing of the…
Though skewing decidedly younger than its literary-fantasy brethren of Lord of the Rings and the latter Harry Potters, the first Narnia film deserves to be part of the conversation of worthy lit-to-film fantasy adaptations. An altogether lovely, epic production that effectively captures the Narnia of my imagination, the film works hard to enchant and does so enough to be memorable. Its ulitmate success, however, may lie in whether or not its audience is able to tolerate the inconsistent charms of the Pevensey children.
Peter's such a little bitch and I wish someone killed him
As a long-time lover of C.S. Lewis' classic fantasy series, I was happy to see this beautiful transition into film. Liam Neeson as Aslan's voice is perfect!
I've never read any of the Narnia novels so I don't have the fantastic stories to compare these film adaptations to, but I as films themselves, I think this first adaptation is a very decent family fantasy adventure with great characters and cast list.
A visual masterpiece, this film brings together the childhood tale beyond any of my dreams or expectations.
i don't know why i put off seeing this film for so long??? it honestly brought me back to the harry potter days where u can feel like you're in an entirely different world. i felt myself wanting narnia to exist as much as i wanted hogwarts to exist, and it was a super nostalgic feeling.
It was fun, but it was trying too hard to be LOTR.
This is still my standard for book adaptations that follow the book almost precisely while still working as a film on their own merits as a film. And oh my goodness, the score.
I liked the film up until the end. I liked very much the world we entered, I marvelled at the casting - the four young actors seemed perfect, though I can't really remember the characters from the books. However, things moved a little too fast for me once we hit the battle camp. All of a sudden, these kids were wearing armour and fighting a battle for a reason not too clearly explained to the audience nor to them. There was one tiny moment where one of the kids questioned Aslan about the 'prophecy', and that was that. But these are kids. They would have been asking questions and complaining about stuff non-stop. Perhaps what I’m pissed about will be…
There's never been an entirely successful adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, though Andrew Adamson gets closer than most (certainly streets ahead of the awful 70s animation or 80s BBC TV series). And even then a number of the film's flaws also exist in the book. The film's existence is mostly down to the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Potter, with Adamson throwing a Barad-Dur-esque lair for the White Witch and even a Helm's Deep style battle against the forces of darkness. William Moseley looks a bit too gormless with a sword to make much of a hero, but there are some nice touches and great performances from Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy in a star-making turn and Ray Winstone.
The more one understands this story, the more powerful it is. Couldn't ask for better locations, better music, or better casting. I suspect Lewis would be pleased.
My corresponding reading: The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.
Too simplistic and obvious in its approach to take seriously, lacking the subtlety and mystery to make this fantasy mesmerizing and interesting.
Full review: qwipster.net/narnia1.htm
Haven't seen this film for a few years, so it was very nostalgic to watch again, ten years after it's release. Still enjoyable to watch.
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