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

  • PG
  • Andrew Adamson (2005)
  • US
  • 137 min
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Shrek director Andrew Adamson switches to live-action movies with this ambitious adaptation of the best-known book in CS Lewis's seven-volume Narnia series. Years in the making, it's an old-fashioned fantasy adventure that retains much of the magical allure of the popular children's classic. The four Pevensie siblings are evacuated from London to a country manor house during the Second World War. There they discover an enchanted wardrobe that leads to a wintry, fairy-tale realm populated by talking animals and mythical creatures. Narnia has fallen under the malevolent spell of Tilda Swinton's imperious White Witch - setting the scene for a climactic battle between good and evil. With its focus on character relationships rather than flashy spectacle, the film is perhaps more intimate and low-key than many modern youngsters are used to. However, aside from some midway plot lulls, there's plenty to delight here, from the imposing landscapes to the noble, CGI-realised hero Aslan the Lion, majestically voiced by Liam Neeson.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure based on the much-loved children's book by CS Lewis, starring Tilda Swinton. During the Second World War, the four Pevensie children are evacuated to stay with an old professor in his country manor. The youngest, Lucy, stumbles upon an enchanted wardrobe that leads to the magical realm of Narnia, a land populated by talking animals and mythical creatures that has fallen under the malevolent spell of the icy White Witch.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jadis, the White Witch
Tilda Swinton
Lucy Pevensie
Georgie Henley
Edmund Pevensie
Skandar Keynes
Susan Pevensie
Anna Popplewell
Peter Pevensie
William Moseley
Mr Tumnus
James McAvoy
Prof Digory Kirke
Jim Broadbent
Father Christmas
James Cosmo
Ginarrbrik
Kiran Shah
Aslan
Liam Neeson
Mr Beaver
Ray Winstone
Mrs Beaver
Dawn French
Fox
Rupert Everett

Crew

Director
Andrew Adamson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Dec 2005
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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