Sunday, May 2, 2010

Narnia -- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe -- 2005

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Rating PG for battle sequences and frightening scenes/images
My Rating: 5 Stars

Georgie Henley
Skandar Keynes
William Moseley
Anna Popplewell
Tilda Swinton
James McAvoy
Jim Broadbent
Kiran Shah

I was never interested in fantasy until I watched the Narnia movies. I found this to be one of the best movies I have ever watched. In some aspects, I would say that the movies are better than the books.

During WW2 in Britain's Blitz, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to the country to be safe. Their benefactor is an old professor who's immense home is filled with all manner of antiques. The children are given strict instructions from the Professor's housekeeper to keep their hands 'off the artifacts!' and behave themselves as good, obedient children would. The four children spend their time playing word games with dusty, old dictionaries on rainy days in their stiff sitting room or sedate ball and mallet games on sunny days.

One especially dull rainy day, Lucy begs to play Hide 'n Seek. Peter began counting and off they all went, running to find a hiding place before he comes looking. You'd think in such a large house, there would be lots of hiding places but Lucy is having trouble finding one. After almost giving up, she finds a door unlocked with an immense wardrobe sitting in the back of an otherwise empty room. When she gets in it, she finds a new world awaiting her and a special friend. (He's my favorite character... with Aslan and the beavers coming up next. :-))

But this isn't just a children's movie. Adults can enjoy and learn from it, as well. It is a story about four children and how each of them is given a special gift... and a special burden. It's a story about sinning and repenting. It is a story about the greatest sacrifice. It's a story about forgiveness. It's a story about righteousness and wickedness... and which one wins at the end.

What I Liked:
1: 100% of the movie. :-)
2: The story.
3: The acting. The children are amazing. They really seem like siblings of that era. It's as if they had known each other all of their lives.
4: Each detail was very well thought out.
5: The musical score. Lovely!
6: The lessons the viewer learns with the children.
7: The allegory of this story. My favorite line is, “It is finished.” I nearly got tears in my eyes.
8: How clean the film is. One of the great family films of the century.
9: The battle sequences... Amazing special effects.

Do I recommend this film? 100%... for children and adults alike!

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