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The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.3
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Georgie Henley Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton White Witch
James McAvoy Mr. Tumnus, the Faun
Jim Broadbent Professor Kirke
Kiran Shah Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh Mrs. Pevensie
Liam Neeson
Rupert Everett
Plot
C.S. Lewis's classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe makes an ambitious and long-awaited leap to the screen in this modern adaptation. It's a CGI-created world laden with all the special effects and visual wizardry modern filmmaking technology can conjure, which is fine so long as the film stays true to the story that Lewis wrote. And while this film is not a literal translation--it really wants to be so much more than just a kids' movie--for the most part it is faithful enough to the story, and whatever faults it has are happily faults of overreaching, and not of holding back. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan, and their adventures in the mystical world of Narnia. Sent to the British countryside for their own safety during the blitz of World War II, they discover an entryway into a mystical world through an old wardrobe. Narnia is inhabited by mythical, anthropomorphic creatures suffering under the hundred-year rule of the cruel White Witch (Tilda Swinton, in a standout role). The arrival of the children gives the creatures of Narnia hope for liberation, and all are dragged into the inevitable conflict between evil (the Witch) and good (Aslan the Lion, the Messiah figure, regally voiced by Liam Neeson).

Director (and co-screenwriter) Andrew Adamson, a veteran of the Shrek franchise, knows his way around a fantasy-based adventure story, and he wisely keeps the story moving when it could easily become bogged down and tiresome. Narnia is, of course, a Christian allegory and the symbology is definitely there (as it should be, otherwise it wouldn't be the story Lewis wrote), but audiences aren?t knocked over the head with it, and in the hands of another director it could easily have become pedantic. The focus is squarely on the children and their adventures. The four young actors are respectable in their roles, especially considering the size of the project put on their shoulders, but it's the young Georgie Henley as the curious Lucy who stands out. This isn't a film that wildly succeeds, and in the long run it won't have the same impact as the Harry Potter franchise, but it is well done, and kids will get swept up in the adventure. Note: Narnia does contain battle scenes that some parents may consider too violent for younger children. --Dan Vancini

Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Drama; Family; Fantasy
Director Andrew Adamson
Producer Mark Johnson; Philip Steuer
Writer Ann Peacock; Andrew Adamson
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 134 mins
Movie Release Date 12/9/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 627
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/20/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 786936292930
Release Date 4/4/2006
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Bloopers
Discover Narnia Fun Facts
Kids & Director Commentary
Filmmakers' Commentary
Links
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