Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
When the Pevensie family are evacuated out to the country, they are unaware of the adventure they will encounter. During a game of hide and seek, the youngest daughter, Lucy (Henley) discovers a wardrobe which transports her to the land of Narnia. Covered in snow, Narnia is full of weird and wonderful creatures, but is watched over by the evil White Witch, Jadis (Swinton). When all four Pevensie children end up through the wardrobe, they discover that it was meant to be, as two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam must join with the mighty lion, Aslan (Neeson) to defeat the evil White Witch. Written by
The character of the White Witch was inspired by the Snow Queen in the story of Hans Christian Andersen. The scene with Jadis taking Edmund in her sleigh is heavily influenced from the corresponding scene where Snow Queen forces Kay into traveling with her reindeer coach. In both cases the young boy is an emotionally detached child, the magical being tucks the boy with her cloak and talks him into following her. Both the White Witch and the Snow Queen reside in vast palaces made of ice. Another artistic choice by the filmmakers which probably serves as a nod to the Snow Queen is the fact that Edmund is lightly dressed in all his scenes inside the frozen palace but inexplicably never displays any sign of shivering or feeling cold. This mirrors the story of the Snow Queen where Kay never felt uncomfortable in the polar area because the Snow Queen had removed magically his sense of cold. See more »
In the beginning, when the German airplanes are bombing London
and Edmund and Peter are in the garden in front of their house, you can see the shadows of the airplanes on the ground. This is not possible because it is night and there is no light above the airplanes that could cause those shadows. On the contrary, searchlights tried to discover those airplanes from below pointing into the sky. If there was a light above the airplanes strong enough to create shadows, they would be moving much faster. See more »
I was fortunate enough to attend an advanced screening and was magnificently surprised. The film was beautifully made. The acting/voices were all wonderful, including the young talent. I think all ages will be entertained. The story contains important lessons for children, but also relevant reminders for adults. I also think attempts to compare the film to Lord of the Rings and/or Harry Potter would be unfortunate for all parties. They are each uniquely wonderful. Make sure you see this!
By the way, make sure you stay through the end credits to hear a beautiful song Alanis Morisette wrote especially for the film.
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