The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Reviews
Is Narnia one big gay film? The kids go into the closet, close it, and are instantly transformed where everything is magical (and excuse the expression fairy-like) where everything is wonderful, just as long as you keep everything closeted. Oh yes, there will be people like the ice queen (read neo-conservatives) that will try to put a stop to the magic, so we'll have to band together to fight the bigotry!
Rewatch notes - LOL at the above review. I forgot about that one. Anyways, Saw all the versions, aka, the cartoon, and the miniseries, and this version is easily the best, by a country mile.
C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of 'hide-and-seek' in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis' icy spell forever.
If you're unaware of this fact by this point, this film actually received an Oscar for its special effects crew, and well deserved it is. The costumes in this movie were pretty amazing and everything looked really good. The CGI was spotty at times, but that's more because this movie is becoming dated. But the practical effects were so impressive that it really made the movie a new experience. This movie is so memorable and it does such a great job at establishing this new world, all because of the excellent costumes. It felt like we were truly in a magical land just based on how everything looked.
The overall story is fun and exciting, even if it's not the most complete. Some parts are very rushed and poorly written but in the overall scheme of things, the film is really fun. This is a family movie that kids and adults can find enjoyment in, even if it is a bit dark for kids at times. The family aspect was one of the more interesting parts of the story, I just wish it was handled with a little more seriousness.
The cast in this movie was solid for the most part. In a movie with children as the primary leads, the child actors have to be above average in order to be at least average in cinema, if that makes sense. Everyone here did a solid job, but no one had any stand out performances by any means.
Like I also said, the CGI is a bit spotty at times. There are some obvious uses of green screen and the CGI was a bit painful sometimes. This movie was made more than a decade ago so I'll give it that, but it still struggled in that department.
The finale was the thing I was looking forward to most, but it was much more underwhelming than I recall it to be. The huge action scene was much shorter and more awkward than I remember it being, and it seemed like the finale never knew what it wanted to focus on. In fact, the movie never really realized what it wanted to focus on most. It had a little trouble staying on track, putting less attention on the things we wanted the most.
In the end, this film was a solid, fun fantasy ride with plenty going for it. It's a great action movie for your kids, with just enough darkness and seriousness to keep adults entertained.