Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Apr 25, 2006
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Pros:strong story, very interesting characters, lots of great CGI, good adaptation

Cons:none really

The Bottom Line: This is a great film about the fantastic world of Narnia, involving an interesting story, and a well-thought-out plot.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

The beloved story of The Chronicles of Narnia was injected with steroids and given the star treatment with an updated version of one of its classic tales. Chosen from the group of books was The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and it was adapted to the big screen in grand fashion. This is a story that relied heavily on imagination until a turn in technology gave the writers the ability to explore the story even more. Of course they took full advantage of the chance, and a CGI rich interpretation of the story came to life. This particular chapter of the story covers the discovery of a wardrobe by Lucy Pevensie, while playing hide and seek with her siblings. Within this wardrobe, she finds the world of Narnia, which is something straight out of the imagination of young children. Where animals speak, and magic rules nearly everything that you see. This fantastic world is where a majority of the story takes place, and where the meat of the soon to come action sequences get their start.

Lucy is one of 4 Pevensie children, who have been displaced by the recent German bombings on England. Sent to the other side of the country to live with friends of the family, the Pevensie children find themselves in a completely different atmosphere, where the oldest (Peter) feels the need to over-look all of them. This becomes quite a frustration to the second brother (Edmund), who is more of a free spirit that doesn't want to be told what to do. He sees himself on the same level as his older brother, and disobeys not out of sheer immaturity, but because he wants to be noticed too. This rift between brothers ultimately leads to trouble when the group of 4 find there way through the wardrobe and into the world of Narnia. Edmund is more misunderstood than evil, and accidentally pits the good and evil sides of Narnia against each other, in a battle that will decide the fate of this world and all of its inhabitants. On one side we have the self-appointed ice queen of Narnia (the white witch), and on the other side, we have the perceived "good guys" led by a lion named Aslan.

Beyond the fantasy element of the story, and the good vs. evil battle that is about to be started, lies a prophecy that everyone in Narnia believes. That prophecy is that 2 sons of Adam, and 2 daughter of Eve, will come to save Narnia and become the rulers of the land. The Pevensie children fit the bill, and it becomes obvious quite early, that they will play an integral part in the outcome of this story. The children are all played by younger children, and do so in an exceptional manner. Where sometimes lead roles need to have an adult presence in order to pull of some of the plot-lines, the children become the main focal-point of this entire story. Their characters are thrust into situations beyond their own comprehension, and the actors must find a way to fill out an emotional chart for the fluctuating story. I think they all did a really good job at pulling of believability, and I saw in the boys exactly what I thought should be within the characters of this story. Kudos to the casting directors of this film, because they got it right with all of the lead parts here.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is definitely a film of fantasy, where there is a constant undertone of magic, and a lot of animals that have important speaking roles. So, it was important for them to have great CGI for the evil wolf-pack, as well as a couple of beavers that would be helping the kids. There were of course moments where you could tell some of them were CGI, but on the whole they really blended well to the story, and because they were in many scenes, you get used to that element of the story. Setting-wise, using New Zealand was a great idea as well, because it added a lot of beauty to the sets, as well as showing of some great cinematography. The story itself is whatever you make of it, and I think that because it is heavily in the realm of fantasy that some viewers may not like it. There are undertones of violence, and a few battles that take place, but I don't think they took it too far with any of the scenes, and it ended up working pretty well for the audience that they were attempting to reach.

Some viewers of this film may feel that there were elements that were either left out or didn't correlate as best as it could have to the big screen. Those audience members will be lovers of the books, but at the same time, I don't think it means all that much if you have read the book before seeing the film. It may spoil a few of the surprises within the story, but I think this was actually a very good interpretation of the involved story. It isn't always easy bringing something from the fantasy-world to the large screen, but I think the film did it in such a way that even C.S. Lewis could be happy with it. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is obviously just going to be the first film in a proposed set of 7 movies, so don't expect everything to be wrapped up with this film. What you do get is a great film that appeals to a wide audience, some very intriguing storylines and CGI creations, and an interesting tease for what will come in the sequels. I think this was a very enjoyable film, and I think that it is one I could easily watch again in the near future.















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