The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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(out of 5)

The Christians can go ahead and call Harry Potter Satanic if they want to, but I don’t remember any Hogwarts professors handing knives and swords to children. Considering it is one of the most beloved children’s books ever written, inspired an Emmy Award-winning animated special and a superb BBC miniseries, a big-screen adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ perennial classic novel would appear to be a foolproof project. Well, the wonders of Hollywood never cease, for here we have a dull clunker that starts off with spirit and then winds down slowly (very slowly) to a very overdue conclusion. Three snotty British children and their little sister, stashed away in a country manor to avoid London’s bombings during World War II, discover a magical portal to a mythical land in the wardrobe of an abandoned room. In this place called Narnia, the foursome instantly become part of a quest to rid the depressed land of an evil witch (, giving a slyly sexy performance that is the film’s only sign of life) and restore a regal lion named Aslan (voiced with nails-on-chalkboard self-importance by ) to the throne. The narrative is extremely faithful to the novel, save for an unnecessarily pumped-up battle sequence at the end that serves mainly to justify the mammoth running time. Mostly, it’s just a boring copy of Lord Of The Rings, right down to the ugly orks, with badly uneven direction by Andrew Adamson that replaces the spiritual beauty of the original story with an aggravating emphasis on religious allegory. The best moments are courtesy  and her adorable button face as the precocious little Lucy, apparently the only child in the world who isn’t rude to everybody because of her rotten childhood; however, seeing Santa Claus hand her a dagger the size of her forearm for protection will make parents gasp.

USA/United Kingdom, 2005

Directed by

Screenplay by , Andrew Adamson, , , based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

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Academy Award
Best Makeup (Howard Berger, Tami Lane)

Best Sound Mixing (Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic, Tony Johnson)
Best Visual Effects (Dean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, JIm Berney, Scott Farrar)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Harry Gregson-Williams)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Wunderkind”, music and lyrics by Alanis Morissette)

British Academy Award
Best Make Up & Hair

Best Costume Design
Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Most Promising Performer (Georgie Henley)



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