The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter step through a magical wardrobe and find the land of Narnia. There, they discover a charming, once peaceful kingdom that has been plunged into eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent lion, Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a spectacular, climactic battle to be free of the Witch's glacial powers forever.
One of my all time favorites.
From my favorite movies..
I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
Since I was a child I loved the magic of Narnia. What I didn't realise as a child was the sadness of war that came in both worlds. I first read the book, then the cartoon version of the movie, The TV series didn't work too well for me, but this movie does! Visually stunning, Aslan is just what I thought he should be. I wish the film producers would continue the story ... I was hoping for the Silver Chair. Let's capture a new audience to feel the magic for next Christmas :) x
I wonder what would say old Walt about what his company has become: it wants to be the reference of entertainment, magic, dreams family values and child happiness and what they sell at the end is war, blood, violence, soldiers Here the movie starts like a escapist fantasy, a bit cold with this snow Queen but funny with those talking beavers and then it turns into an army recruitment: a sort of Santa Claus brings guns to the kid, they must hail to the old lion king before going to the killing field fighting the usual ugly dark forces! It's a shame! I'm appalled! You will see a happy, courageous 8 years old girl with a knife and nobody reacts! Her siblings have swords, arrows and it's the same apathy! Where is the old, sweet, compassionate Disney ??? I always thought that using kids in a war was a crime against humanity but now, because it's Disney and the pal of Tolkien is become fun and entertainment! I wish audience could wake up and think AGAIN!... In a bizarre way, America keeps on putting good values on the package but the inside message is totally twisted (no democracy, no tolerance, enemy everywhere, massive weapons,...). I found the young team rather good and the siblings rivalry interesting but at the end i can't support such brainwashing and violations! (and i didn't comment the rather disturbing friendship of a young girl and a Satyr!!!)...
Do I have to do the "I'm a Christian" disclaimer to review this title, good or bad? Do the weird Calvinists that have usurped the title even consider an Irish-Catholic like me "Christian" these days? Inquiring minds want to know...so does the Weekly World News.So anyways I'm a "Christian" and forget about it, really not going anywhere else with that...but it seems you have to mention what church you were raised in...if any...to review this.That being said...watch the cartoon.Like the books, the cartoon I loved when I was little. And, unlike the book, the cartoon has aged well into my adult years. It sort of has the Secret of Nimh quality.The movie lacks it and one reviewer pointed out a lack of rhythm. I couldn't really put my finger on the distaste I held for the movie until I read those words "lack of rhythm." The cast does a decent enough job. Anna Popplewell and Skandar Keynes are certainly highlights and you can't really find one performance that is vile.And I've never cared that much about the special effects. I mean, I was a little kid in the 80s, utterly nasty special effects are fine with me until it gets to look too computer. I'd rather see the strings.So the whole acting and effects things, they aren't bad.But the rhythm, the pacing, it's just horrible. It feels rushed and prolonged and there is really no fluidity to it. There is no clear Act I, II, and III.It's not a roller coaster with ups and downs...instead it's just a stream of consciousness, trying to tell a familiar story with really no idea of how to tell a story for dramatic effect.It makes it a horrible thing to watch.It's a good film, but one that was put together by the boss you always get stuck with, that thinks he's funny, but really doesn't know how to tell a joke. Watching the movie feels like you are working with him for a week and have no co-worker to use as a buffer zone when he goes "on a roll"
This movie is about a parallel world called Narnia, its inhabitants and human kids who have found a portal to this land. In accordance with New Age "gurus", there are 7 parallel worlds around our Earth, each of them full of various creatures. Those creatures have different appearances such as, goblins, boggarts, etc., but also other dissimilar capabilities from our world. For example, animals - inhabitants in Narnia are able to talk, other creatures, like the witch, are capable of transforming a living person into a frozen statue.Normally, the inhabitants in the parallel worlds do not interact with each other, except in specific circumstances.The entry happens through certain portals on Earth. One of the most famous portals on Earth is Bermuda Triangle. In the Chronicles of Narnia, the portal is the wardrobe. In accordance to prophecy, Narnia will be freed from the power of the White Witch by the hand of a human. Prophecy as a spiritual awakening element is a very mysterious concept, which normally charms or/and scares people. From a spiritual point of view, prophecy is a destiny (= scenario), written for a land, person or even a civilization. Some predictions, as in this movie, give a hope and some induce a fear because humankind doesn't know how to deal with that. One more exiting spiritual element in the story is time. Time in the parallel world runs in a different way to our world. Kids are returning back home as the same age they had when they started their journey to Narnia.This positive movie with several spiritual-awakening elements is recommended for the whole family.