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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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director Andrew Adamson switches to live-action movies with this ambitious adaptation of the best-known book in CS Lewis's seven-volume
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.
Four children are evacuated from London during the Second World War and sent to a rural manor house where they discover a secret entrance to the mystical world of Narnia. There they help vanquish the wicked White Witch, whose curse has gripped the land in perpetual winter. Fantasy adventure based on the book by CS Lewis, with Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent, and featuring the voice of Liam Neeson.
Cast & Crew
Jadis, the White Witch
Prof Digory Kirke
DVD and Blu-ray
9 Dec 2005
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