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:: The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Based on the book by C.S Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe follow the magical adventures of the four Pevensie children: Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmund (Skander Keynes), Peter (William Moseley), and Susan (Anna Popplewell).

The Pevensie children are sent to live with an eccentric Professor Kirke (Jim Broadbent) in a large old country house during the WWII Blitz, when Germany was raining bombs down on London. Bored, one afternoon the children play a game of hide and seek. Lucy hides in a large wardrobe, and finds that it is a magical doorway to the fantasy land of Narnia.

Once in Narnia, Lucy meets a fawn, Mr. Tumnus (James McAvoy), who warns her about the evil ruling White Witch (Tilda Swinton), and the struggles in this mystic land. Travelling back home through the wardrobe, Lucy is to later return to Narnia with all her siblings. Once there, the Pevensie children find themselves in the midst of a battle for control of Narnia, where the forces of good are led by a talking lion, the Christ-like Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson).

The Narnia books have been seen as controversial - dismissed as being merely Christian propaganda, and criticised for Lewis' racism. Perhaps partly because of this, it has taken over fifty years for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to make it to the big screen.

The script is reasonably tight, the actors have been aptly cast (especially the wonderful Tilda Swinton as the evil Queen of Narnia), while the music is strong and the cinematography is delightful.

All the popcorn glitter serves the story well and what you're left with is a nice piece of entertainment. It may not have the depth that one might be looking for, but it is enjoyable all the same.

The disc also contains two commentary tracks. In the first one, director
Andrew Adamson sits down with the main kids in the film (who are screening
the movie for the first time) and what ensues is a lively and fun-filled
discussion about working on this film. In the second track, Adamson sits
with the films production designer Roger Ford and the film's producer, Mark
Johnson. This is a more serious and obviously technical commentary but both
of them are worth checking out for their different merits.

DVD Extras

The Bloopers Of Narnia
Discover Narnia Fun Facts
Audio commentaries