Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Sci-Fi The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

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

Starring Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes and Rupert Everett, this movie is two hours and fifteen minutes long.  It is rated PG and is okay for everyone althoug some of the scenes might be too intense for children under the age of 6.

The Chronicles of Narnia is based on the series of books written by CS Lewis.  This is the first in the series of the books.  It is about a group of children who are sent to the safe haven of a professor to wait out the end of the war, and hopefully stay safe.  The movie begins with planes bombing the children and the homes around them so their mother sends them off, like many other children into the homes of strangers who are willing to give war torn children refuge.  Lucy, the youngest, discovers a wardrobe that leads to a magical land.  The land of Narnia is torn between the evil tyrrany of the white witch or the snow queen, and the protective warmth of of Aslan, the heroic lion.  All of the children enter the wardrobe, Peter (the oldest), Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, to find that they are the answer to a prophecy, a prophecy to end the reigh of the queen.  After trechory, traitors, worry, sadness, forgiveness and war things come to a head and the real winner and hero is revealed, is it Aslan, the children or the White Witch?  Well, you have to watch the movie for those answers.

This movie has a lot of computer generated scenes, and some which were not computer generated.  There are many talking animals and it is obvious that they are not really there, but this rarely takes away from the beauty and the scenery of the movie.  The action is well plotted out, even when most of those fighting are not human, and not really there.  Some of the computer generated people/animals are really well done, and sometimes surprisingly so, as was the case of the lion, Aslan.  He was well created and I wondered at one point if there was a real lion involved. 

Issues I had with the movie were that one scene was not as well done as the rest.  It involved Ice and an unfreezing river.  The water was so blue that it was obvious to be that it was fake and in a tub, that scene was not as realistic as I would have hoped and made me laugh a little.  Another problem I had was the character of Lucy, the girl that played her acted quite well, but everytime she cried there were no real tears, which made it seem, well, like acting, and very insincere.  If you are going to have a character cry, at least place a few drops of water on their face so that it looks like they were actually crying.  Geez.

I reccommend this movie to a lot of people.  Children will enjoy it because it has a lot of action and animals and they can see it.  Adults will enjoy it because it is some good clean fun without swear words, plus if you read the books you might enjoy this version of the book, it is better than the cartoon version I watched when I was in grade school, and much more fun. 

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