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The Chronicles Of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe  (DVD)
As the story begins, Mrs. Pevensie in order to keep her children safe during World War II sends Lucy, Edmond , Susan , and Peter off to stay at a professor's country estate. Away from London and under the care of a strict housekeeper, they are instructed to stick to themselves and stay out of trouble. But when an innocent game of hide-and-seek leads young Lucy to a spare room containing a large wardrobe, she discovers something that will change their lives forever. Inside the wardrobe there is a world frosted with ice and filled with magical beings. Known as Narnia, the land is stuck in eternal winter at the hands of the cruel White Witch. . When she steps back into reality, Lucy struggles to convince her sceptical siblings of the things she's seen. After much disbelief, the others finally enter the world as well, learning that the creatures of Narnia have long been waiting for humans like themselves to appear and break the witch's spell. But in order to be of any help to the lovable talking beavers, fawns, foxes, and centaurs that they meet, the four will have to face betrayal by one of their own as Edmond cracks under the witch's tempting offer of unlimited Turkish Delights. Under the leadership of the great lion Aslan, can Lucy, Edmond, Susan, and the oldest, Peter, prove themselves heroes in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil?
The film open during and air raid and we first the Pevensie family as thy are trying to ecaspe there home for the safety of the air raid shelter. Edmond runs back to the house to grab a photograph of their father, who is away from home fighting in the war, it'a a close call for im and after this Mrs Pevensie decides that the children should be evacuated.
The four kids end up at professor's house in the country, it's huge perfect for playing hide and seek. During this game with nowhere left to hide Lucy stumbles upon the spare room which contains a wardrobe. Lucy decides to hide in the wardrobe but the further back she goes the colder she gets and when she looks around she finds herself in a snow covered land.
Lucy is amazed and soon makes a nes friend, Mr Tumnus a fawn. Lucy goes to Tumnas' house for tea but as it turns out Tumnas was planning to kidnap her for the White witch, Jadis. adis has given orders that any humans found in Narnia must be handed over to her. Tumnas finds the courage within him to help Lucy escape back to the spareroom.
Lucy siblings do not believe her story. During the night Lucy returns to the wardbrobe and Narnia to check Mr Tumnas is alright but has been followed by Edmond. The white witch finds Edmond and makes him promise to bring back his brother and sisters to Narnia.
During a game of cricket the kids accidently break a window with the ball and all hide in the wardrobe where they all discover Narnia for themselves. They also discover Mr Tumnas has been captured by Jadis for helping Lucy and they find out about the prophersy which states that 2 human boys and two human girls will defeat the white witch, save Narnia and become kings and queens of Narnia. Edmond is captured by the white witch while the others wish to save him they must find Aslan, the true king for his help.
Lucy Pevensie - Georgie Henley
Edmund Pevensie - Skandar Keynes
Peter Pevensie - William Moseley
Susan Pevensie - Anna Popplewell (Thunderpants)
White Witch, Jadis - Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading)
Mr. Tumnus - James McAvoy (Wanted)
Professor Kirke - Jim Broadbent (Inkheart)
Aslan (voice) - Liam Neeson (Kingdom of Heaven)
Mr. Beave (voice)r - Ray Winstone (Beowulf)
Mrs. Beaver (voice) - Dawn French (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Mr. Fox (voice) - Rupert Everett (Stardust)
Andrew Adamson - Shrek
I'm ashamed to say I have never read any of C.S Lewis books and after watching this film feel as if I'm missing out.
I borrowed this DVD intially for for a family DVD night but the kids weren't that interested and so I ended up watching it by myself and I loved it.
The story is superb, the cinematography and special effcts are breath- taking easily on a par with Lord Of the Rings or Harry Potter. But more than anything I was absolutely blown away by the two younest actors in the film. Georgie Henley is brilliant playing the wide eyed, sweet natured Lucy and Skandar Keynes as Edmond is excellent at sly and resentful. The casting was perfect in everyway.
In a way though I am glad that my kids didn't take an interested in this film cos I found one scene extremely upsetting (won't say what cos I don't want to include spoilers for people who have not seen the film) so I'm pretty sure my seven year old and four year old wouldn't have liked it either.
I wish I had watched it sooner and ca't wait to watch the next one now.
Running Time: 143 mins
Best Achievement In Make Up
Critics Choice Award:
Best Family Film (Live Action)
Excellence in Costume Design for Film - Fantasy
Best Film for Familie
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female (Georgie Henley)
Outstanding Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
Young Artist Award:
Best Family Feature Film - Drama
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger (Georgie Henley)
This is pretty much a perfect movie, I would recommend for families but not for kids as young as mine.
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Summary: A perfect movie