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

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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.

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Four children from the same family have to leave their town because WWII is happening. A women and a professor take the children to their house. While playing a game of hide and seek the youngest member of the family 'Lucy' finds a wardrobe to hide in. She travels back and back into the wardrobe and finds a place named Narnia. After going in twice the four children go in together for the last time. They battle wolves, meet talking animals, encounter a evil white witch and meet a magnificent lion named 'Aslan'. Will this be the end of their journey to narnia or will they stay? Written by John ewart

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Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. See more »


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Rated PG for battle sequences and frightening moments | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Las crónicas de Narnia - El león, la bruja y el ropero  »

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Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£8,884,111 (UK) (9 December 2005)

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$291,709,845 (USA) (5 May 2006)
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Due to the way the rating systems work in the Netherlands and Germany, the original version of the film was rated for kids aged 12 and above. However, the distributor wanted the film to be more accessible to a family audience. Subsequently, in a highly unusual move, the film was reedited for the Dutch and German markets, and the new cut received a rating for ages 6 and up. Edits included diminished sound effects, battle scenes, animal attack scenes, and war images. See more »

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After the fox has just been turned to stone, The White Witch slaps Edmund on the right side of his face, but later on in the film, he has a bruise on his left side and nothing on his right. See more »

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[first lines]
Mrs. Pevensie: Edmund! Get away from there! Peter!
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Mrs. Pevensie: What do you think you're doing? Peter! Quickly, the shelter! Now!
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Heartless Adaptation
12 December 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A strangely disappointing experience given the quality credentials of just about all involved.

The relative inexperience of the writers is clearly evident. Whether seen as a metaphor for a world without God (hell), or the Nazi regime, the cultural and social landscape of Narnia is ripe with potential, none of which is realized here. The White Witch's regime is not explored, we are not told who she is, where she came from, how or why she took over the world. She lacks any motivation or real emotional drive. Similarly, the children seem happy to throw themselves into a war without a second thought of home. Nothing in this story is ever explained, we are simply expected to accept it without question, which is a far more dictatorial representation of Christianity than Lewis ever intended. The plotting lacks energy and momentum, with no real sense of suspense. The characterization is weak and one-dimensional. But even more surprisingly from the creators of Shrek, is the complete lack of humor.

The acting is sound from all but the leads. The two older children struggle to bring the necessary range of emotion to their roles, with Moseley in particular presenting a decidedly weak interpretation of heroic kingliness. The two younger children luckily make up for their on screen siblings' shortcomings, with Henley bringing the wide-eyed innocence to Lucy that the role requires, and Keynes displaying a surprising amount of subtlety as the eternally wronged and resentful Edmund. McAvoy and Swinton are both excellent and at times are required to carry the movie alone.

The CGI is competent, but little more. It's always good to see Fauns and Centaurs running around, but it doesn't break any boundaries in terms of design or execution. There's none of the thrill of the vast armies of Middle Earth, or the attention to the minutiae of Narnia that is really necessary in realizing a new world from scratch.

Disney clearly hopes that this will bring them the rewards that 'Lord of the Rings' brought New Line Cinema and 'Harry Potter' is bringing to Warner Brothers. But 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' lacks the emotional depth, epic range, creative inventiveness and dramatic urgency of the 'Rings' trilogy. Similarly, it has none of the humor, camaraderie, charisma or charm of 'Harry Potter'. Judging from the audience that I saw it with, it will be very popular, and a sequel is very probable, but unless Narnia finds some heart and soul, the complete cycle seems unlikely.


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