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Vulcan Stev Family movie review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Starring:
Georgie Henley …  Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes …  Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley …  Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell …  Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton …  White Witch
James McAvoy …  Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent …  Professor Kirke
Kiran Shah …  Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo …  Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh …  Mrs. Pevensie
Elizabeth Hawthorne …  Mrs. Macready
Patrick Kake …  Oreius
Shane Rangi …  General Otmin
Brandon Cook …  Boy on Train
Cassie Cook …  Girl on Train

Synopsis from IMDb: Based on the classic novel by ‘CS Lewis’ . Four London children are sent to a professor’s country home in order for protection during World War II. There they find a magic wardrobe which leads to a mystical land called Narnia, which is being ruled by an evil witch. To defeat the witch, they must join forces with Aslan, the lion God of Narnia.

Walt Disney Pictures * 143 mins * PG * 2005

VS: 2 pointed ears
In all honesty, I had never read the Narnia books prior to seeing this film.  Because I enjoyed the movie so much, I did, after seeing this film go read the entirety of the Narnia series.  After my reading of the C.S. Lewis novels I can say that this movie is a very faithful adaptation of the novel.  The things added to the film, like the prologue, are derived from narration in the novel and are not out-of-place in the movie.  The action sequences may be a little too intense for younger viewers.  Overall a very nice tale of good triumphing over evil.

This is definitely a movie you can watch with the family.  By the same token it is a movie that adults need not “borrow” kids in order to have fun watching it.

Mrs. VS: 2 pointed ears
This motion picture followed the book very well.  I was impressed with the faithfulness shown to the setting, characters and story.  I actually will sit and watch this movie with the family when it gets pulled out.

Pvt. Black Spartan is on an FTX and will be sending us her review later.

PIT #2: 1.8 pointed ears
I loved the entire Narnia series of stories.  Most of the movies I’ve seen based off of novels do a severe injustice to the source material. Not so with TLtWatW.  I was very impressed with the overall integrity of the source material as presented on-screen.  The “movie” that plays in your head when you read a good novel was not damaged at all by the movie that Walden Media produced.  The two movies, mine and Walden’s, intertwined to the point of harmony.  A must see.

PIT #3: 1.5 pointed ears
I liked this movie.  I wish there could have been more action in this movie.  It seemed to be a very talky motion picture.  Mommy has read the Narnia stories to us.  I guess I remember more action in the stories mommy read to us.  It’s not a bad movie, it just doesn’t compare with what I always pictured in my head.

7.3 pointed ears out of 8
Highly recommended.  This family friendly film is must have for your collection.

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March 31, 2010 - Posted by | Movie Reviews, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. The second movie (Prince Caspian) was good too. Too bad Disney gave up after that and dropped plans to continue filming all 7 books.

    Comment by Ruminator | March 31, 2010

  2. Never read Narnia?!? Blasphemer! Heretic!

    Yeah, ok, got that out of my system…

    One of the things I really liked about the movie vs. the novel is that the movie chose to focus on the final battle, whereas the book has the battle take place almost entirely off-screen. It’s one of the places where the screenwriter seemed to deliberately look at which elements work better in the chosen medium.

    The fact that the effects were extremely well done certainly didn’t hurt. I strongly recommend NOT watching the BBC series from a few years ago. Lots of love in those movies, but the really bad effects make them unwatchable.

    @Ruminator – Disney only gave up distributing the films. They were never actually making them in the first place. Walden Media was making them, and now Fox will be distributing them. The bad news there is that rumor has it that Fox slashed the budget, and demanded that the final product be more “commercial.” No idea yet just what that will actually do the look and feel of the movies.

    Comment by Lugh | March 31, 2010

  3. @Ruminator – Disney gave up the remaining Narnia books after PC failed to earn more than TLtWatW. It’s a shame because the remainder of the books will probably do better.

    @Lugh – Re: VS has never read the books (notice I said until the movie I had never read them) I have read them now. When I was younger it was a clear-cut case of judging a book by its cover and title.

    I wouldn’t put to much stock in any reports that Fox cut the budget. Fox is handling distribution. Walden Media is handling the budget (at least according to my sources).

    Comment by Vulcan Stev | March 31, 2010


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