The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005)

Basic Summary – During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter (William Moseley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and her sister, Susan (Anna Popplewell). There they join the magical lion, Aslan (Liam Neeson), in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton).

Going back to some childhood films these days. Perhaps it is because I’m reading some of these books now and feel like I can multi-task this. The Chronicles of Narnia is one of the popular book series for children out there. It has action and animals that interest boys and girls alike. And Disney decided to market off of this franchise and did it do it justice?

Well…yes? Let me explain. They took this book – which in itself is pretty childish if I may say so and made it pretty serious (especially as the movie series goes on). I’m actually happy they made more of an adult turn on it. The casting is pretty spot on – the actors and voice actors are amazing in their roles. And they clearly enjoy their parts – just go check out the blooper reel if you don’t believe me on this.

Also, they made the girls stronger characters and they actually did stuff – YAY!!!!

Now one thing Disney couldn’t even escape – and I don’t think there is even a way to escape it – is the OBVIOUS religious aspects of the series. If you don’t understand, just look at that YouTube screen grab… In addition, what is with Disney aging these characters – especially the older siblings – to teen years. I can see them being teens, but there is a point where it is ridicious…trust me, I’ll especially complain about this later

Anyways, if you haven’t checked out this movie, it is worth a watch. And the sequels – which I’ll get to hopefully – deserve some love too. Maybe not as much, but we will see in time.

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