As a young boy I read many C.S. Lewis books, they were an escape to a world of fantastic magic and creatures. A world of where good and evil are clearly defined and children become the decisive pieces in that battle.
I have fond memories of reading these books and I looked towards the adaptation of story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (One of Seven books about the land of Narnia) with great anticipation and much trepidation as well.
Would the great land of Narnia as I remember it come to life on the big screen or be a feeble failure as most book to movie adaptations become?
I can tell you my friend, that this is not the latter. Of all the great movies I have seen this year...Revenge of the Sith, Batman Begins and Serenity are the ones that come to mind when I think of movies that I really liked and thought were good. The Chronicles of Narnia is simply the best
movie I have seen in 2005 or possible in the last five years.
I cant possible understate this, this is a great movie. Is it a perfect adaptation of the book? No, it simply cant be due to time constraints. But director Andrew Adamson did an absolutely fantastic job bringing this great and well respected piece of literature to life.
Relying heavily on CGI, the movie does a decent job of bringing the various fantastic characters to life. There are times when the CGI does suffer a tiny bit, but this does not detract from the film and while the film does downplays its Christian roots, you can clearly see the symbolism that C.S. Lewis intended(Especially when it comes to Aslan).
Of the four children I think Georgie Henley who plays the youngest (Lucy Pevensie) does the best job.
The movie is 140 minutes long and you have no idea that you sat there for that long, the film captures you and takes for a fantasy ride that will leave your imagination in awe and wonder.
Of the seven books clearly Prince Caspian is gonna be the next one, followed the The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
I don't know how they would fit in The Magician's Nephew, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle as they don't really involve the four children and don't really flow per say as a trilogy. But perhaps they will only do the three movies.
Go see this film, seriously. Even if you have not read the books, go and let go of the real world and let yourself go for the ride. You have to suspend your sense of belief as most children do and believe that world of Narnia awaits you.
5 out 5 Stars...Simply Fantastic.
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