Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The

Starring: Liam Neeson, Michael Madsen, Rupert Everett, Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

Produced by: Walt Disney Productions, Walden Media

Distributed by: Buena Vista, Disney

Genre: fantasy

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Review by Xibo Date seen: August 27, 2006
Viewing Location: PPV Grade: A
Summary: An amazing and very true adaptation of the book.
Many have thought it would be very hard to do this movie and remain true to the book. The previous attempt, made for TV, was only so-so. Adamson succeeds here though, thanks to modern technology. (It also helps that the book itself is not very long.) I thought the opening credits scene was particularly useful for introducing viewers to the state of the world that led the children to the professor's house, as many people these days have no idea what life was like in WWII London.

Of course, they had to go with major gravitas for Aslan, and Neeson is a good choice. The special effects and CGI are spectacular; on par with Lord of the Rings. The only thing not quite perfect about it is the direction of Aslan; his reveal was not awe-inspiring, and his general presentation was not godlike enough. He's not a lion; he's a Great Lion. But an excellent movie nonetheless.  

Review by Finrod Date seen: December 7, 2005
Viewing Location: theater Grade: A
Summary: Weta magic strikes again
It's no coincidence that this movie has the same grandiose style as Lord of the Rings. Weta Workshop, who came to prominence with LotR does it again here, which is appropriate in its own way since Lewis and Tolkien were Oxford dons together and friends (see: the Inklings).

I give it an A for now; though it's a serious candidate for getting upgraded to A+ in the future.  

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