Number of Times Seen – Twice (4 May 2006 and 18 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Four siblings sent away from London during World War II discover a magical wardrobe that transports them to a magical world.
My Take on it – As with most people in my generation, I read most of the books in the Narnia series as a kid, but I must admit that after 3+ decades, I no longer recall much of the specific details about the stories in the 7 books of the series yet still recall the overall storylines.
The way that the story is presented here is done well and it does justice to the story as presented in the book.
What makes this film works so well tho is the use of special effects that helps enhance the story to a point where things feel and look quite genuine and realistic throughout despite the fact that we are watching a completely new and magical world.
The film’s run time unfortunately isn’t long enough and the character development suffers the most here and since we aren’t able to get the vast explanations of the world of Narnia and it inhabitants like in the books, something constantly feels missing here since it’s under-explained and there is an expectation that the viewer should already know more.
The cast of this film is fine and none of the four actors playing the children really stand out, but that actually helps make them feel more realistic as “regular” kids.
Liam Neeson is the best casting choice in this film and his booming voice as Aslan is so enjoyable to listen to especially when we get to see how powerful a lion he is here.
The story drags slightly here and there, but overall stays enjoyable throughout.
Bottom Line – Interesting story that does justice to the novel. The special effects are great and helps make the story feel so real and genuine. The characters aren’t developed enough though and they don’t spend enough time explaining about Narnia or about the various elements within it which leaves things a bit under-explained. The cast is fine and the four actors laying the kids are fine here since they add to the genuine feel of things. Neeson’s booming voice is a great choice for Aslan even if we never get to see him. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Georgie Henley’s reaction to Mr. Tumnus at the lamppost is genuine. She had not seen her castmate James McAvoy in his costume before the scene was filmed, so her screams and reaction were real. Georgie’s first reaction to the snowy world of Narnia is also genuine. She was carried into the set blindfolded to make her first entrance, and her wide-eyed, delighted reactions to it, all are entirely her own. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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