Film Review; Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Nathan Nguyen

Just a quick film review I wrote four centuries ago:)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is an enthralling film created in 2005. Narnia was directed by Andrew Adamson. This story is the first of many C.S Lewis novels. The film takes the genre of fantasy since it depicts many mythical creatures. I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of watching a fantasised story that had been turned into a film.

As gun shots fire, four children are sent to live with a man name Professor Kirke (Jim Broadbent). Little do they know that their stay will close doors so others may open. When they step into the magical wardrobe, they enter a land called Narnia. Narnia is under grave danger and is split into two teams. Good versus Evil. The prophesy recalls that two son of Adam and two daughters of Eve will be the heroes and save everybody. Susan (Anna Poppelwell), Peter (William Mosely), Edmund (Skander Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) must team up with the mighty Aslan (Liam Neeson) in hope of defeating the vicious White Witch (Tilda Swinton). But who will win and claim victory of Narnia?

Being the second youngest in the Pevensie family, Edmund plays the role of a stupid young gullible boy who causes nothing but trouble for everyone. He betrayed his family and team so he could save himself and enjoy the Witch’s luxurious food. The Witch takes advantage of him and benefits with getting a lot of information out of him.  During the story, Edmund sided with the White Witch – but that was because he was dumb and didn’t know right from wrong. After a sincere talk with Aslan, he changes and became a better person, mentally, physically and emotionally. We learn from Edmund to trust no one besides ourselves and the ones we love the most. People change and things go wrong and so we have gone to stand strong and trust our family and friends. We learn to keep our friends close, but our enemies closer.

The plot of the film unravelled many secrets, mysteries, and many twists. The costumes were spectacular as they emphasised the characters personality and status. For example, the Witch wore a heavy white coat at the start of the film implying to the audience that she is a cold, icy woman. The sound track was essential in the film. Sounds of fear, joy and glory were put in the movie to make the movie more sophisticated and edgy. To improve the film, they could have improved the start since it was a really slow beginning. If the story had a better beginning, the film would be more enjoyable.

The movie had some very powerful scenes which helped by keeping the audience occupied, however some parts of the film started to bore me because it was a bit too long. Other than these few pessimistic points, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The idea of taking a book and turning it into a film is a clever idea, especially if the story has a life story hidden underneath. In this film, the story of Jesus’ was resembled by the Lion having a generous heart and dying so that others may live. People who like being put on an adventure, like books that depicts mythical creatures and deadly twists would love this film. 

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3 thoughts on “Film Review; Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Nathan Nguyen”

  1. I loved Tilda Swinton’s performance – it was suitably icy. Harry Gregson William’s score was very well done; especially during the climactic battle. It felt a bit too formulaic for my liking though, and I didn’t feel connected. Nice review; although I’m not sure about the “deadly twists”; the only time I was surprised was when Santa showed up.

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    1. What is your favorite scene? I think that the over the shoulder scene when Peter and Aslan were talking over the camp was one of the most meaningful pictures of the movie. It showed how Aslan acts like Peter’s mentor. It gives us a feeling of being there, like we are a part of the conversation. I believe that the director did a very good job making the audience feel like they are involved. I liked this movie! Thank you for this good review!

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  2. The intensity of the battle was too much for just one camera angle. The way the producer showed the magnitude of the battle in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was with many different camera angles. The swooping, and gliding of the camera gave a better perspective of the warriors, which made it more appealing to the viewers’ eye.

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