The Chronicles of NARNIA
- The Witch, The Lion and The Wardrobe

With Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent and the voice of Liam Neeson
Directed by Andrew Adamson

One may see this as a blend of
Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter, but Narnia certainly has a life of its own. With overwhelming digital effects and characters, including a wide range of speaking animals, the viewer is transported to a fantastic world where (as everywhere) the battle between good and evil prevails. It is WWII and many children are sent to the countryside for safety. Four such siblings (Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan) are relocated to an eccentric old man's mansion. Here, while playing hide and seek, Lucy the youngest, discovers a magical world inside a spectacular old wardrobe. At first her siblings think she's making it up until they all end up in there, having to save their brother and defeat the Ice Queen by siding with the Lion and the good guys. With talking animals, obviously it is laden with CGI fx, but a great deal of tangible sets, props, costumes, artifacts and prosthetic make-up add a realistic feel. Some viewers may be disappointed by the cliché and distorted grouping of 'good' and 'evil' animals (like wolves being baddies, when in fact they've never attacked a human being). While the build up to the wonderland may be a bit slow for younger viewers, the payoff will please them (and freak them out with some of the hectic moments of battle and killing when the two forces clash). Based on the writing of C.S. Lewis.

4 / B
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B - C

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3 - Smolder
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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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