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

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09/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Chronicles of Narnia

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy stumble into a strange world filled with talking animals, fauns, centaurs, minotaurs, dwarves, phoenix, and many more. Great score, special effects, cinematography, settings and make-up. Themes of sacrifice, family, wrong vs. right, and bravery. Best lines include: "If the witch understood the true meaning of sacrifice, she might have interpreted the Deep Magic differently, for when a willing victim who has committed no treachery, dies in a traitorís stead, the stone table will crack and even death itself will turn backwards." and "Peter, there is a deep magic more powerful than any of us. It defines right from wrong. It over sees all our destinies. Yours, and mine." from Aslan. Only reservations this critic had were the slow start/build-up but the battle...

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09/04/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Lame, Boring, sucked!

They could have trimmed 30 minutes out of it without even noticing. It took 30 minutes just to GET to Narnia. Although the character development is acceptable up to that point, WOW is it slow.
The plot is so incredibly shallow. For example, why is there a war? Why was Narnia frozen for 100 years, why can peter become a swordmaster in a day? Why are white tigers bad and rhinos good? Why does the Wardrobe sometimes work and sometimes not? What does the professor know about the Wardrobe and what is his role? There is no method to Lewis' madness whatsover.The cryptic references to the prophecy does nothing to explain when and where it was created and why.
Please! Lord of the Rings does this in the first 15 minutes of the movie by explaining the rings, and then showing the first battle aga...

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12/23/2008 (0 of 2 found this helpful)

worst children's movie ever, bar none

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe based off of the book by C.S. Lewis is a stuptifyingly horrendously awful mess. I HATED this film. The film chronicles the four Pevensie children as they are given the job of leading an army and killing any non-believers to help out a lion who sounds quite a bit like Qui-Gon Jinn. Poorly edited (140 minutes) with amateurish special effects and bad TV acting produce one of the worst films of the year and the most inept, violent, subversive, and intolerant childrenís film ever made by Hollywood. (Kudos guys!)

Exploring the pristinely clean house during a game of hide and seek the youngest of the clan Lucy (Georgie Henley) discovers a wardrobe (large dresser) in one of the countless rooms in the professorís well kept mansi...

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09/24/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Has a Certain Sense of Wonder

Itís interesting to watch this movie again after seeing it three years ago. Itís a lot different than the sequel in many ways. For instance, the environs that we could see here are mostly covered in snow, there are far less battle scenes, and the focus of the story is the discovery of the Narnia and the creatures that live in such an enchanted place. Even though Georgie Henley (Lucy), Skandar Keynes (Edmund), William Moseley (Peter), and Anna Popplewell (Susan) tend to overact at times, theyíre perfectly casted because they bring a certain fresh energy to the picture that may have been lost to more experienced actors. Plus, each of them has a special presence that made the movie that much more engaging. I must also give nods to Tilda Swinton for playing the chillingly effective White Witc...

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4/4 

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08/02/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Certainly a special FX movie

Four children (Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell) discover the amazing land of "Narnia" after stepping through an enchanted wardrobe found in the house they have sought refuge in from World War II London in this amazing adaptation of the book by CS Lewis.

The first thing I have to say is that you should find the widescreen format for this movie. The visuals are amazing, and the pan-and-scan format just doesn't do it justice. You especially need the widescreen format for the huge battle near the climax of the movie.

There are some incredible special effects and make-up jobs in this movie. The CGI creatures are perfectly blended into the scene from what I could tell. However, the CGI characters are not perfect. Although the movement of these characters...

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3/4 

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03/18/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Terrible acting and confusing time line

One of the most disappointing movies I have ever scene. I expected at the very least a good follow-through with the story and what I was left with was terrible acting, childish battle scenes and a confusing time line. The story which takes place over several months is confusingly portrayed in what seems like days. This creates an unbelievable series of events until you realize that far more time has passed than it seems.

This film is designed for children but I find the story acceptable for all ages and blame most of the shortcomings on director Andrew Adamson and a bad cast of children. The White Witch (Tilda Swinton) was the only redeeming factor in this film and though she had a good performance her character wasn't as dark and evil as it could have been. Good movie for children, t...

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