Monday, August 13, 2012
Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Starring: Georgie Henley, Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson
Length: 143 min.
IMDB Summary: Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.
The first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series is superb in its acting. Especially radiant are Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes, who portray Lucy and Edmund respectively and, arguably, fill the screen far better than their older siblings, Peter and Susan. The voicing of Aslan by Liam Neeson could have been edited to make it a bit deeper, wilder and more lion-like, since C.S. Lewis describes Aslan as not tame, but "good." Tilda Swinton was great as the White Witch, and James McAvoy shone as Mr. Tumnus. Although the soundtrack is hardly distinguishable from those of other films going for an "epic" feel, the dullness of the music does allow the actors to emerge onscreen, making The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe a pleasurable family watch.
Battle sequences--little blood is actually shown, but lots of hand-to-hand combat. A frightening sacrificial event takes place at the behest of the White Witch.
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