The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Release Date: December 9, 2005
Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley
Runtime: 143 min
Tagline: The beloved masterpiece comes to life December 9.
It’s a pretty great fantasy children’s and family film.
I wasn’t aware that this was actually based upon a literary masterpiece until I saw the film, but I never read the book so I’m not sure how great of an adaptation this is, but I’d think it would be because this is a pretty sweet flick that children will enjoy and some older people.
The Pevensie children are relocated out into the England country to stay at a professor’s mansion to protect them from the dangers of World War II. They are very unaware of the adventure they are about to encounter. When young Lucy finds a wardrobe, she enters it (and later all of the siblings) and finds a magical kingdom called Narnia. Narnia has been plunged into winter for years, as the citizens feel threatened by the White Witch (played by Tilda Swinton) They learn of their destiny with the help of Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) a lion who is the rightful ruler of Narnia. They must restore peace to the kingdom of Narnia, and eventually enter a war between Aslan’s army and the White Witch’s army.
Some of it’s moderately boring, and it’s a little lengthy for a film that isn’t completely incredible, but still is good. It’s really a great fantasy film for children, though. I liked it for the most part, as it had some pretty good action sequences, the occasional fantastic moment, and the big war was pretty great (not Braveheart or 300 great, but as good as war scenes can be in a PG film).
It isn’t in the same great franchise ranks as Harry Potter, but it’s enjoyable for a watch (or two, but not necessarily ‘desert island’ movie status) and can be generally memorable. This is really the only film in the Narnia franchise I cared for on a moderately high level. Liam Neeson lending his majestic Irish voice to the character of Aslan was the film’s real masterwork.
The film stars Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Liam Neeson (voice of Aslan), James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Skandar Keynes and Anna Popplewell.
I just think there could have been more action, and just a little less lengthy. I loved it much more on initial viewing, but it still is enjoyable after seeing at my age (of seventeen) after all of these years.
Many adults may enjoy it too, and if you have a kid with a running imagination, it might make a wholesome flick for a family movie night that surpasses two hours. And, this film might be a good tool for babysitters, it should keep the attention of the kids for a near two-and-a-half hour experience.