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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Just halfway through their journey and the Pevensie kids are already accepting gifts from Santa Clause. Because they have been good kids all year, they are rewarded with daggers, arrows, swords, and healing potions. Normal is this kind of happening in Narnia, a magical place where being attacked by wolves and chased by the police are the exact same thing.

A war is at its peak, and Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are evacuated to a safe home outside the country for safety. The youngest of the bunch, Lucy, hides inside a large wardrobe during a game of hide and seek. Before Peter could count to a hundred, Lucy has already made a faun friend named Mr. Tumnus at the snowy forests of Narnia.

None of Lucy’s siblings believe her testimony of an entire world behind the wardrobe at the spare room. All of this change, of course, when all four of them stumble upon the land of Narnia. Their initial reactions to what they encounter show what kind of people they are. Peter, the eldest, does not want to let his siblings down as the leader of their pack. Susan, the oldest girl, always wants to take the smart step, and dislikes any risk. Edmund, the youngest boy, is somewhat of a selfish jerk while Lucy is the complete opposite of him.

Like all action-adventure movies, their traits are tested near the end with situations that only they can control. Negative characteristics are conquered while positive traits are enforced. “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” is the first of The Chronicles of Narnia book series by famous author, C.S. Lewis. Kids will enjoy this, and adults who have read the books when they were children may just have an equally good time.

Here you’ve got your talking animals, fights between good and evil, and the moral lessons that come along the way. Narnia may be an unusual world for the Pevensies, but it is all familiar in Hollywood. The story may be weary, but its construction is full of skill and diligence.

A great (and righteous) display of special effects enhances the world of Narnia. Take into account the character of Aslan. He is an animated lion, and he very much looks like the real thing. You can see his hair move with grace as it follows the direction of the wind. But let us remember that special effects are not affected by the wind, which means, the makers of Aslan had to imagine their own wind. A windy day in Narnia is a busy day for Aslan’s animators.

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