Chronicles of Narnia: Lion Witch & Wardrobe [Blu-ray] Reviews

Chronicles of Narnia: Lion Witch & Wardrobe [Blu-ray]

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Chronicles of Narnia: Lion Witch & Wardrobe [Blu-ray]

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Prepare to enter another world when Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present C.S. Lewis’ timeless and beloved adventure. With the stunningly realistic special effects, you’ll experience the exploits of Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, four siblings who find the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of “hide-and-seek” at the country estate of a mysterious professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, once peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs,

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  1. 430 of 497 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent but Minor Changes will Irritate Avid Fans of the Novel, December 10, 2005
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    KittyKins “KittyKins”

    I just went to see this movie last night and WOW, it is really breathtaking and superbly done. The most important thing that was achieved is that the producers of this film captured the essence of Narnia. You really feel like you’ve been to Narnia and to me that makes the film tremendously powerful. The death and resurrection of Aslan were really fantastic, and I also especially liked the Lucy/Tumnus meeting and also when the children grew up in Narnia and were looking for the White Stag. How did they get adult actors who looked SO much like the children, I’d like to know?! Well done! Georgie Henley was terrific in this movie and really stole the show. She was the perfect Lucy. The casting for this film was really well done. The only character I did not care for was The White Witch. In other movie versions, perhaps the role is “over-played” and so because of that the role seemed to be “under-played” in this case. I don’t know if a happy medium exists to be truthful. The producers did maintain the Christian symbolism, that C.S. Lewis called “a supposal” not an allegory, but this was not overly obvious. The film certainly can be appreciated in different ways.

    Some of the minor changes to the storyline and dialogue did irritate me, just because I know the novel SO well. I would have liked more of Lewis’ humour to be maintained instead of the humour that was added by the screenwriters. Most noticeably is the absence of the development of Mrs. Beaver with her cute statements about the bread knife & sewing machine. They also removed the scene in which the animals were having a party with food & drink given to them by Father Christmas – you know the part where the witch turns them into stone. Instead they developed the fox character and used him alone in this altered scenerio. I felt some of the dialogue & scene changes were a little unnecessary from a purist’s perspective. Some of the scenes also seemed rushed to me and I would have liked to see the hideout “for beavers in bad times”. I know, they had a time limit and actually the movie is over 2 hours which is longer than most movies. What they did with the time they had was really really well done. Hopefully we’ll get some of these “deleted scenes” on the dvd.

    As someone else mentioned, there is a surprise 30 seconds into the credits that you will not want to miss.

    Some parents have expressed concern about the violence quotient, but I went into the movie with a 7-year old in mind and I think it will be okay for MOST younger children. There are the battle scenes and they show one person being killed with an arrow. However, they never dwell long on the battle and no blood is shown. The other part that is disturbing is the part with Tumnus in the dungeon and the implication is that he was tortured. That was rather upsetting and of course Aslan being killed was also very scary. But, they have presented these tastefully & sensitively. Actually the previews for other Disney films were more scary than the main attraction! ūüôā

    My overall impression – EXCELLENT and I hope they make all 7 books into movies.

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  2. 402 of 462 people found the following review helpful
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    Watch It For The Entertainment Value, December 11, 2005
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    B. Merritt “filmreviewstew.com” (WWW.FILMREVIEWSTEW.COM, Pacific Grove, California United States) –
      

      

    Young Lucy Pevenise, along with her older brothers Edmund and Peter, and her older sister, Susan, are in London during the initial bombing raids of WW II. And like many families of the time, the parents decide to send them to the country for safer keeping. Peter, the oldest, is told by their mother to “watch over them” and make sure they stay safe. And although this seems like a fairly simple request, Peter’s ability to protect his siblings will be put to the ultimate test. But not by WW II, but by an amazing secret discovered by young Lucy.

    Soon after being spirited into the company of a hermit-like professor’s care (Jim Broadbent), they decide to play hide-and-seek, and it’s during this game which Lucy discovers a mysterious wardrobe. She tucks herself inside and backs to the rear of the cabinet …only to discover herself in an entirely different world. Here she meets up with Mr. Tumnus, a strange half-stag, half-human creature who explains much about the wintry landscape Lucy now finds herself in. The place is called Narnia, and it’s been locked in winter for over 100 years by someone known as “The White Witch” (who claims to be the Queen of Narnia).

    Lucy, excited beyond words, rushes back to “the real world” to tell her brothers and sister about what she’s discovered and, of course, they don’t believe her …until they all get into the wardrobe one day and find out she’s been telling the truth.

    Soon a prophecy is revealed to the two brothers and two sisters: it is said that when Aslan returns, two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam will come back and reclaim the four thrones of Narnia. But first they have to battle The White Witch, struggle with the internal dynamics of sibling rivalries, and face the death of the very creature who helped create this strange world.

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    Comparisons abound between NARNIA and THE LORD OF THE RINGS. And why not. Both are fantasy tales. Both authors (Lewis and Tolkien) were friends during the same era. And both stories have recently made it to the silver screen. And although my heart still rests with THE LORD OF THE RINGS, NARNIA deserves much praise.

    But this praise doesn’t necessarily come from me…

    I went to the theater today (a weekend) and it was packed with children (ranging in age from their teens to five years old), and while watching it I noticed something intriguing: not a single interruption occurred during the entire 140 minutes. No crying child asking to go home; no temper tantrums; no shushing of mothers and fathers to their kids. I think this speaks pretty highly of how engaged this film kept its intended audience. I will say that when Aslan became “injured” there were gasps of dismay from a couple of kids behind me and they quietly asked their mother if “Aslan was going to be okay” (I have to admit, that was pretty cute).

    Georgie Henley (Lucy) was exquisite as one of the prime characters (move over Dakota Fanning). Her acting was spot-on and brought a lump to my throat several times. Liam Neeson’s Aslan voice was also perfect with its deep resonance that seemed to echo through the theater (must’ve been a good sound recording). Tilda Swinton was also excellent as the sinister White Witch who rules Narnia with a cold, iron fist. And James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus was also pulled off very well.

    There’ve been several reviews (professional) that have been critical of the film’s Christian-based theological leanings. Well …yes. That’s true. It does have that, but so did C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles novels. So did this bother me? Not at all. I don’t prescribe to any particular faith, and if you go into NARNIA with an anti-religious chip on your shoulder, I’m sure you could rip the film apart. But if you go into the theater strictly to enjoy good storytelling and for entertainment, you’ll probably delight in NARNIA just as much as the ten-year-old who sat behind me quietly throughout the entire movie.

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