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:: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

If your little sister told you that an antique wardrobe was an entry port to a snow covered world of enchanted creatures and white witches, you probably wouldn’t believe her. And so Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley) has to show her older brother Peter (William Moseley) and other siblings Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Susan (Anna Popplewell), the magical world of Narnia through a hide and seek game. Suddenly the introduction of Narnia becomes the reality for the four children and they realise they are in the middle, and the catalyst of the battle between good versus evil in Narnia. The noble lion Aslan (Liam Neeson) versus the chillingly cold White Witch (Tilda Swanston.)

Purist fans of C.S Lewis’ novel will not be disappointed because unlike a lot of Hollywood movies based on novels are just that, loosely based on the novel, Andrew Adamson’s film is a visual presentation of the text’s beloved pages.

The scenery is beautiful and mystic, think Lord of the Rings without the elfin presence. The world of Narnia is pleasing on the eye, from its snow capped mountains and vast horizons. The sensitive and befriending Mr Tumnus (James McAvoy) enchants children viewers and warms adult counterparts. Other ‘good’ characters of Narnia include the humble Mr Beaver (Ray Winstone) and his fussing, kind wife Mrs Beaver (Dawn French.) Comical characters like these combine C. S Lewis’ original colourful characters with the vision of a director who has a lot of experience with talking animals, Adamson having sharpened his teeth on Shrek and Shrek 2.

The most anticipated, charismatic character is the quietly commanding Aslan who is comparably Christ like in his gentle authority and sacrificial attitude. Though his time on the screen is short, he provides the perfect and much needed contrast to the momentum and screen time that the evil White Witch has set up.

The film is a visual tool of the original text, but for those who are not familiar with the beloved 1954 story, it is an enchanting fantasy genre film with special effects that are breathtaking, yet thankfully not excessive.
The children fight to restore harmony in Narnia, and the more the fight the more the snow melts, the ice turns to water and the White Witch gets weaker and angrier. The message in the movie is that good will triumphant over evil, yet the way it is presented is uncannily not too Hollywood cliché at all and genuinely touching.