The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
This film was one I had an idle interest in watching when it first came out, but so idle I never actually got round to it. But having seen posters for the new film and been advised to watch it, I eventually dedicated some time to The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. And it was worth it. I’ve not read any of the books either, so I really had no idea what it was about, except it was a kind of fairy tale type thing.
I found it sad right from the off as the children are sent away into the country during the war to keep them safe. The scene where they leave their mother I found particularly touching, especially as the oldest boy, Peter tries to be the man and say he’ll look after everyone.
On arriving in the countryside where they are to live with a professor on his sprawling estate, the children are quite taken aback at the manner of his housekeeper, and decide to keep out of hers and the professor’s way at all times. Given the house and gardens are enormous, they realise that’s not going to be a problem. In fact, youngest girl Lucy discovers that the grounds are even larger than they deemed possible. As the children play Hide and Seek one day, Lucy finds an ornate wardrobe in a spare room and makes up her mind this is the perfect place to hide. Even more so when she ventures further into the wardrobe and suddenly plops into thick snow. Lucy has arrived in the world of Narnia. The little girl explores alone, and even finds herself a friend and has an adventure. On returning to the wardrobe so her brothers and sister don’t get too worried, Lucy is dumbfounded when they hadn’t even noticed she’d gone. Although Lucy had been in Narnia for hours, the other children were still playing that same game of Hide and Seek.
Realising she’s found something rather special, Lucy tells her siblings the story. None of them believe her, and when she goes to prove it to them, the back of the wardrobe is predictably, solid wood. Frustrated and upset, Lucy insists she is telling the truth, but with no proof to back her up, she is forced to accept her family won’t believe her.
Soon enough though, all of the children hide in the wardrobe after smashing a window in the professor’s house. And this time, the gateway to Narnia is open once more. Delighted and smug, Lucy is in her element. And this is where their adventures really begin. It appears the children have stumbled into the middle of a war for control over Narnia – and their part is more important than they ever believed possible…
I’m glad I watched this. I won’t say it was mind-blowing, but it was very good. And of course it’s important to remember this is aimed at children, though there’s no reason big kids (such as myself) won’t enjoy it. The way I’d describe this film is a mix between The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, which given I’m a huge fan of both, is no bad thing. It didn’t have quite so much tension as the other two, but as a PG, they wouldn’t have been able to include violence or anything too scary!
Overall, I reckon you’ll enjoy this if you’re a fan of LOTR and/or HP and you love fairy tales!