Although, I had never actually read the book,”The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” I had heard a great many good things about it. So, I had high expectations going in to see this movie.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe depicts four brothers and sisters (two each) torn from their home in London during WWII sent to live with a distant relative in the country. It is here they learn the concepts of family, love and understanding.
Visually, this movie is magnificent. The initial wintry snowscape of Narnia is a wonder to see. Equally impressive is the springtime views. Above all else, the character animations of the all the creatures is well above par. Aslan, the lion, is extremely lifelike, as are all the other inhabitants of Narnia. I was initially skeptical, if the producers could pull this off, but the CGI is as good as “The Lord of Rings” trilogy.
However, the movie isn’t only about the visuals. There is content. Luckily, the movie doesn’t fall short there either. Initially, the children look to Narnia as an escape from the realities of war. Instead, they come to the gruesome discovery that evil abounds everywhere, and at all costs it needs to be stemmed. It is here the eldest brother steps up to the plate and bonds his family together (even after treachery), and along with Aslan, aids in the battle against the White Witch.
Another pleasant surprise was performances by the cast. Especially, Georgie Henley. She plays Lucy, the youngest daughter, and is a delight to watch. Her expressions and convincing actions, alone make this movie worth the watch. Likewise, Tilda Swinton (the White Witch), portrays a cunning, evil-to-the-bone tyrant splendidly. Just looking at her made my skin crawl.
What more can be said? The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a movie that deserves to be seen. At the very least, you will be entertained by the Good vs. Evil battle scenes and stunning visuals. At the most, the movie will remind you of your childhood, and bring back great feelings and memories.