Director: Andrew Adamson
Writer: Andrew Adamson/Ann Peacock/Christopher Markus/Stephen McFeely
Producer: Mark Johnson/Phillip Steuer
Starring: Georgie Henley/Skandar Keynes/William Moseley/Anna Popplewell/Tilda Swinton/Liam Neeson/James McAvoy/Ray Winstone/Dawn French
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 150 minutes
The Chronicles of Narnia is originally a book series consisting of seven books written by C.S Lewis, which were filled with imagination and loveable characters. However, the question that is asked is whether the movies do justice to the books. For The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, I can say yes. Four siblings find an enchanted land named Narnia and they learn of their destiny to free it from the icy clutches of the evil White Witch with the help of Aslan, a wise lion and other mythical creatures. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe tells a brilliant and magical story, touching on subjects of betrayal, loyalty and sacrifice. The story itself is a well-done adaptation and is sure to entertain adults and children alike with it’s charming storytelling and it’s well-written script. Not only is the story brilliantly entertaining and quite captivating in some parts but it’s also brilliantly casted as the actors who play the Pevensie children were good. Georgie Henley who plays Lucy and Skandar Heynes, who plays Edmund were the best out of the four. Anna Popplewell wasn’t bad as Susan but her performance felt a little wooden sometimes and lacked emotion in a couple of parts as well. William Moseley, who played Peter, is the worst out of the four as he was constantly wooden and you just didn’t believe his performance or his character. However, the best actress in the entire movie is, without a doubt, Tilda Swinton, who plays the terrifyingly cold White Witch, Jadis. The rest of the cast had done a good job and the voice acting in the movie was well-done. Dawn French and Ray Winstone lend their voices as the funny Mr and Mrs. Beaver and Liam Neeson provides the voice of the wise and mighty lion, Aslan.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is quite impressive but when it came to the special effects and the CGI, they had really pushed the boat out as the animals and mythical creatures looked quite realistic. There were a few parts which were impressive but it’s charm and breathtakingly gorgeous locations made Narnia feel more real and more magical than the mythical creatures or the talking animals. Andrew Adamson, the director, has done a great job in making this movie adaptation as it’s quite faithful to the book itself, although there are a few tweaks. However, there were a couple of emotional scenes in the movie that were spot-on and Narnia itself is beautiful. The writing is also very good as the story is loyal to the book and also has that same magical feeling that the books had when you read them. Overall, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a great movie to watch just in time for Christmas and it’s sure to entertain the whole family.
For me, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is such a brilliant fantasy movie with great storytelling and a couple of emotional scenes. The special effects were magnificent and they’re something most people would not fault as it made everything look realistic instead of cheap. The movie is quite enjoyable and those who have read the book will not be disappointed. Don’t expect The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to be perfect but don’t expect it to be disappointing either as you’ll find something in the movie that you’ll like. Whether it be the story, the characters, the locations or the special effects, everyone will find something they love about Narnia.