HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
You Were Never Really Here
Lovely But Deadly
Unsane
Smithereens
Last Warrior, The
Artemis 81
Rampage
Quiet Place, A
Braven
Changeover, The
Isle of Dogs
Funny Cow
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Mad to Be Normal
Beast of Burden
Dead Men Walk
Game Night
Under the Tree
L'Amant Double
Gonin
Coco
Producers, The
Molly's Game
Forest of the Lost Souls, The
Hatchet III
Birdman of Alcatraz
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Wonderstruck
If It Ain't Stiff, It Ain't Worth a Fuck
Nun, The
   
 
Newest Articles
A Network Horror Double Bill: Assault and Death Line on Blu-ray
The Edie Levy: Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Ciao! Manhattan
The Ultimate Trip: The Original Psychedelic Movies
Players of Games: Willy Wonka, Tron and Ready Player One
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? The Ends of The Monkees
Flings and Arrows: Conquest vs Flesh + Blood
Orson Around: F for Fake and The Late Great Planet Earth
ITC What You Did There: Retro-Action on Blu-ray
And It Was the Dirtiest Harry We Have Seen in a Very Long Time: The Dirty Harry Series
Manor On Movies: The Astounding She Monster
Manor On Movies: Don't be a dolt. That's not a cult (movie)
Wes Anderson's Big Daddies: Steve Zissou and Others
Bad Taste from Outer Space: Galaxy of Terror and Xtro
A Yen for the 1990s: Iron Monkey and Satan Returns
Hey, Punk: Jubilee and Rock 'n' Roll High School
   
 
  Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The The Return Of The KingBuy this film here.
Year: 2005
Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Kiran Shah, James Cosmo, Judy McIntosh, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Liam Neeson, Ray Winstone, Dawn French, Rupert Everett, Patrick Kake, Shane Rangi
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Rating:  5 (from 3 votes)
Review: London was suffering the height of The Blitz when the four Pevensie children were living there, and one night when a bomb landed too close to their house for comfort their mother decided this was the final straw, especially as Edmund (Skandar Keynes) rushed back into the place to save a photograph of their soldier father, endangering his own life and that of brother Peter (William Moseley) who followed to rescue him. So it is that the children are evacuated to the countryside, and a country house owned by Professor Kirke (Jim Broadbent)...

And there they find a magical wardrobe while playing hide and seek, and the rest of the story plays out from that point. When this adaptation of C.S. Lewis's classic children's book was first released, the franchise that most were mentioning in relation to it was the then-recent Lord of the Rings trilogy, which followed as after all Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein were friends at the time they were writing their novels. But what this more seemed to be was an attempt to create a Harry Potter style money earner with a Christian flavour, as after all Harry was criticised for being mixed up in witchcraft by elements of conservative Christianity.

So here were the Jesus-approved movies in the Narnia series, although financially Harry still beat them, the Lewis adaptations still did well enough to continue with follow-ups, in spite of the first book being the most celebrated of them by far. There had been a BBC Sunday afternoon television series which brought the books to family audiences, and had been well remembered by those who saw it, so there was a market for a big screen, special effects-filled version, of which this was only too happy to supply. It's just that in being faithful to the source while pulling in the direction of needing to display spectacle, here, if anything, the magic was blandly presented.

The storyline is now so well known that most of the pleasure audiences took in it was seeing that familiarity conjured up in movie form. The children themselves, the most important aspect thanks to them being our protagonists, were lacking in character other than what the actors brought to their roles, so it was Georgie Henley as Lucy who ended up stealing the show as she imbued her character with the right spark of life. Would that everyone else did the same, as a curious reverence to the material meant that the rest gave the impression of dutifully going through the motions without much personality. Even the celebrity voices for the animals, while distinctively themselves, did little to lift the stuffy mood.

Here Edmund is landed with the psychological angle that he is missing his father and this absence of a strong parental figure means that he goes to the bad when he wanders into Narnia and meets the wicked Witch (Tilda Swinton, appropriately icy and a nice bit of casting) who tries to win him over to her side. The Witch has the land in the grip of winter to fend off the plans of the Christlike Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson), a lion who draws his forces for a battle which after the promising first half, proves to be a letdown as far as excitement goes. It had been so carefully rendered as a production that it was no surprise that its visual quality was not in doubt, yet nevertheless this did little to truly breathe life into a classic text which on the page might come across as quaint and old-fashioned. That was part of its charm, something missed here; it wasn't bad, but it didn't half drag the further it went along, and the feeling of a Christian lecture (its parent company, Walden Media, specialised in religiously slanted entertainment) groaned the more obvious it became, though to its credit it could also be seen as an allegory of World War II resistance. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2351 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Arif Kabban
  Robert Segedy
Darren Jones
  Asma Amal
  Chris Lawrence
Enoch Sneed
George White
   

 

Last Updated: