05 Jan

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

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: B

I saw this first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia on DVD.  I wanted to make sure I saw it before I went to see the sequel, Prince Caspian.  I remember loving the books when I was a kid, but I couldn’t remember much about the story at all.  It was as magical as I could have imagined.

Four children are sent to stay with a distant relative to get away from their city home during World War I.  They discover a wardrobe that leads them to Narnia, a magical land filled with magical creatures.  All is not sweetness and light there, though.  A war is looming, another good versus evil battle where the kind-hearted lion, Aslan, must fight against the cold-hearted witch.  Tilda Swinton plays the witch, the self-declared Queen of Narnia, to the hilt.  Why Aslan has disappeared for so long and then suddenly shows up again must be better explained in the book, because it wasn’t addressed much in the film except to reference “the prophesy” of “two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve” coming to change things for the better.  James McAvoy has a nice role as a faun, a kind of half-man, half-goat who befriends the youngest child.

Lots of Christian undertones, which is to be expected since the book is written by C.S. Lewis.  Charming movie, looking forward to the next one!

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