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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Academy Award® Winner
Four children find a magic wardrobe that transports them to the mystical world of Narnia, a once peaceful land of talking beasts, dwarfs and giants. However, Narnia has been frozen by the evil White...  View more >

Starring Tilda Swinton, Rupert Everett, Dawn French...  View more >

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Nov 29, 2005
A masterpiece brought to the screen, simply awesome !!!
Dec 10, 2005
Dec 10, 2005
Excellent movie! Special effects were a little fake. This film follows the book very closely. Any one who loved the book will love the movie. For those who never read the book: This movie is still awesome! I wouldn't recommend this film to kids that are 4 and under because there is quite a bit of violence. But, if your kids have already seen star wars then this movie shouldn't be a problem. This film is a classic and is awesome to see on the big screen!
Dec 27, 2005
This is one review that I have really been looking forward to writing. It’s seldom that I enjoy a movie…any movie, as much as I enjoyed this one. From beginning to end the whole experience was nothing magical.

Yes, I have read the C. S. Lewis classic which I’m sure contributed to my enjoyment but I have to say, even had I not, this would have been one wonderful movie going experience. I attended with my wife and two grown kids and the verdict was unanimous. This has to be one of the, if not the, best movie of the year.

What is remarkable about it is that there are so many levels that it can be enjoyed on. Weaved within the fabric of this marvel is a decidedly Christian message that will be sure to touch the hearts of many who enjoy the ride. With that said though, it must be pointed out that it is not necessary to understand all of the Christian metaphors, symbols and allegory to still enjoy the movie.

Purely as a fantasy adventure it spins an enthralling story that will be sure to entertain anyone who truly loves a masterfully made flick. The performances are superb. The cinematography is remarkable and the special effects and characters are just plain fun. Do yourself a favor…see this movie on the big screen. You won’t regret it.
Dec 27, 2005
An outstanding movie that should be seen in on the big screen to appreciate. This is well worth the admission price, and I don't say that too often.....
Dec 28, 2005
An amazing film for people who have read the books. The visual effects are flawless. Might be hard to follow for people not familiar with the topic. I cannot wait for the next one!
Dec 31, 2005
Alongside Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, this is definitely a second rate fantasy film. Children will probably enjoy this more than adults will.
Jan 12, 2006
A fine adaption of C.S. Lewis novel about a group of kids who traveled to Narnia to help the Lion liberate Narnia is very good. I follow the story easily because I saw a television version of the same story on PBS many years ago.the special effects are terrific and I like the film alot. Not enough for a strong recommendation, but I like it enough for a Good rating.
Jan 17, 2006
"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is a movie that CS Lewis never wanted to be made, and it's easy to see why. What comes across as fantastical and thrilling on the page ends up looking pretty silly onscreen. Twelve-year-olds wearing chain mail, riding horses, and slaying monsters just doesn't look right.

However, the first two acts of "Narnia" are very well-done. The film builds a mystery around the wardrobe before all of the children fall in, and from there it's a thrilling chase as three of the children race the minons of the evil White Witch to try to save their wayward brother Edmund. Once Edmund has been redeemed and the movie gets hot and heavy into the Christian allegory, it fails pretty miserably. It seems that the director (and probably the studio) really wanted to be making "Lord of the Rings Part 4" but had to settle for this, and the result is a pale imitation of a better film franchise for the final third.

The special effects are a mixed bag. Some of the creatures look great, but Aslan looks goofy and there's one shot of some giants that looks like something off an early '90's TV movie. The acting is good, especially the young actress who plays lucy and Tilda Swinton as the White Witch.
Go into this movie expecting "Lord of the Rings" and you'll be disappointed. Go in expecting a decent action-adventure and you'll enjoy it. But if you haven't seen "King Kong" or "Goblet of Fire" yet, I'd reccomend either of those before this for your fantasy fix. Just don't try to read the religious allegory into it, or you might realize that "Narnia" can easily be interpreted as being ten times more anti-Semitic than "The Passion of the Christ" could ever hope to be. **1/2 stars out of four.

For those interested, here are my top 5 movies of 2005.
1. King Kong - A flawed film to be sure, but so breathtakingly gorgeous and thrilling that the flaws don't matter. Peter Jackson continues to do the one thing no other director in Hollywood can figure out to do: he shows us things we've never seen before.
2. Batman Begins - A brilliant adaptation of the comic book, borrowing liberally from many different sources and taking the hard-edged, badass, Frank Miller approach to Batman. The best comic-book adaptation ever made.
3. Serenity - The most fun I had in a theater all year, to be sure. A fan of the series, I was devestated to see this flop in the theater. Do yourself a favor: rent it at your local video place. You don't need to be familiar with the series to have a great time with the best sci-fi extrvaganza since "The Empire Strikes Back".
4. Munich - Spielberg's most mature and ultimately most moving film, he doesn't ever get bogged down in sentimentality like in "Schindler's List" or flag-waving patriotism like in "Saving Private Ryan". He tells the story of one man's struggle between doing what is right for his country and doing what is right for all of humanity. Thrilling, heartrending, brilliantly acted.
5. Sin City - The most visually stunning movie ever made. Period. That alone gives it a special place in my heart. "Sin City" is a film noir explosion - it packs every element of that old genre into one movie and then blows it up with ten tons of dynamite, and the result is a heart-pumping ride that will disgust the weak-stomached and politically correct but thrill everyone else.
Jan 30, 2006
I, 12 year old son and 14 year old daughter liked it. They've read the books, I have not. They said it falls short of the books like so many movies do, but we all enjoyed it.
Feb 3, 2006
Good movie for the family.
Feb 11, 2006

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