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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Evil Has Reigned For 100 Years...
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…
Film #19 of The Movie King's Scavenger Hunt Challenge: Disney Edition
Task #27: A Disney film based on literature
As a kid when the film was originally released, I had The Chronicles of Narnia placed in my Top 100 films of all-time, I bet. I admired the set-up of kids drawn into a fantasy world and leading a battle for freedom and all that good stuff. As an adult, though diminished in quality quite a bit, mainly on my appreciation for much better fantasy flicks like Lord of the Rings, it's still very good fantasy for families of young and old. There's clearly some stilted acting coming from some of the child performances, but are still solid enough in conviction…
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.
As a personal childhood favorite (along with the 1988 version and the books), it's hard not to be a little biased concerning these Narnia films. I tried this rewatch to have as open a mind as possible, but still found it full of charm, and just a nice film. Aesthetically very beautiful, the cinematography is quite excellent and creates the world of Narnia quite well, disappointing no childs imagination. I think all the child actors did quite well, especially considering they were unknowns. Tilda Swinton is the standout as the evil White Witch, but I had never before realized Liam Neeson voiced Aslan, and that was a nice surprise. Perhaps a flawed film in some ways, no not quite as epic as Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings as some have noted, but excellent nonetheless.
Pretty fun family fantasy adventure, the kids can be a bit much at times but I think for the most part the effects hold up. Swinton makes for a good villain that is really hate able.
8 year old me in 2005: *eyes gaze at screen with bejeweled wonder from magic of cinema*
18 year old me in 2016: *eyes continue to gaze at screen with bejeweled wonder from magic of cinema*
I am really sorry if I am underrating it, I first saw it when I was 17 and I thought its for kids but I saw it nevertheless because I couldn't abandon my friends for a personally un-appealing movie.
Bottom-line: I guess I was too old for this.
I’ve watched this movie many times and it never gets old. Everything about this sweeping epic tale is simply magical. It was in this movie that I first saw James McAvoy and re-watching his performance now he is just as charming in the role as I remembered. This was also the first performance I saw from Tilda Swinton and she completely steals the show here. Her menacing character was mesmerizing to watch and the way she played her was nothing short of wicked. The group of child actors were all great as well and were very natural and believable as siblings. Georgie Henley was the stand out amongst them and was extremely cute as you could clearly see she had fun with the role. This film is one of the best fantasy movies for children and never fails to be a heartwarming watch.
An honourable adaptation of the famous children's story.
Some questionable acting at the beginning, a bit of green-screen trouble, but overall it's still a good adaptation of Lewis' book. Drags a bit, but manages to hit most of the right notes for me. And a little bit of nostalgia never hurts.
Love Narnia, it reminds me of my childhood growing up reading the books. So magical and whimsical.
A great adaptation of a great story!
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