I’m finally getting around to doing a review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I took the family to see it last Saturday. My children are 7 and 10. I had them read the entire set of Narnia books before attending the movie. I wanted to give them chance to see what there imaginations would picture before the actual movie. It also told me they were ready to see the movie.
We all loved the movie. I thought it was pretty true to the book. I thought Aslan was not the awe-inspiring character that he could have been. The animation on him was spectacular, but the voice and his presence in the scenes was played down.
Lucy was perfectly cast. She had that wide eyed innocent quality that played very well. The scene where Tumnus and Lucy meet for the first time sets the stage for the movie. It showed the trusting innocence of a child meeting someone different than her for the first time that carried throughout the movie.
The witch was also very well done. You could see the tension within herself as she forced herself to be nice to Edmund.
Tumnus set the expectations for all the other characters of Narnia. He was done very well. I loved all the creatures they created. Their quality met and exceeeded my expectations.
The battle scenes, the sacrifice of Aslan were done in ways that would not be scary to most kids 7 year olds or up. You parents can determine whether you think your kids would be scared by wolves and other creatures that are out of the ordinary.
I am going back again soon. My 7 year old is planning a Narnia birthday party at the theater as well. This movie is a great movie to take the entire family to.
For those of you in the Chicago area, Wheaton College has the most compresive collection of C. S. Lewis memoribilia in the world. They have his desk, table and most importantly the actual wardrobe that inspired The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
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