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Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe Review

Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe
Priyanka Pulla / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
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NA
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Mmmm... how do we start? Fantasy movies have this way of slipping away like a slimy eel in a closed fist, when you try to label them. If you say they are boring, you are missing the shrouded, symbolic meaning. More than simple entertainers, they are a fecund breeding ground for unintended (by the maker) metaphors, inspiration, and the resulting cults. So if you aren't a part of one of those cults, you have no business doing a review.

Well, anyway, Narnia isn't half as strong as cult-inspiring movies like Harry Potter, The Matrix or LOTR. For one thing, it is definitely a children's movie. Secondly, there is a certain somnolence, a tendency for long periods of conversation and inaction.

The Chronicles Of Narnia are related with a Victorian novel-like lingering and ponderance on intermediate scenes. Lucy meets Mr. Tumnus (James McAvoy) and they have a looong chat. Another good quarter hour of time goes by as the kids dawdle around before they finally get around to entering Narnia. Once the kids reach Aslan, there is still plenty of tete-a-tete before we cut to the chase.

The story, based on the series of seven books written by C S Lewis, is about the four Pevensie siblings: Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmond Skander Keynes), Susan (Anna Popplewell) and Peter (William Moseley). They are sent away by their parents from war-torn London, to stay in the country with an eccentric professor (Jim Broadbent).

Lucy accidentally stumbles into an old wardrobe, and gets transported into an alternate universe - Narnia. It is a land that has been in winter for 100 years, under the domination of a wicked white witch (Tilda Swinton).

The good side is led by Aslan (Liam Neeson), a magnificent lion who is uniting the denizens of Narnia in a war against the witch. It is prophesied that the four children (two sons of Adam, and two daughters of Eve in Narnia-speak) will enter the frozen land one day and lead it to the much awaited thawing.

With the ultimate war that occurs between the two sides, Narnia suddenly reveals all its secrets in a deluge. What was so far a faltering, self-conscious and almost prissy lead up of events, turns into a voluptuous, no-holds barred, full-bodied and epic unfolding of the fantasy. The movie suddenly bursts forth with a sensuality, almost like a stripper who has suddenly dropped off her full-length gown.

Leopards, white-tigers, phoenixes, fauns, gryphons, unicorns and centaurs lunge across a battle field to clash with ogres, wolves, goblins, rhinos and evil dwarves. The good side is led by Peter with his sword, helped out by Edmund, standing on the lookout above a cliff. The evil side has the magnificent white queen, always looking like a vision in swirling furs.

Like a cascading waterfall, the war only builds up, from one triumph to another, giving you goose-pimples that get progressively bigger. There are resurrections, miraculous healings, and shows of fabulous strength in lightning-charged clashes of swords.

The war is indeed the revelation of Narnia, the orgasm at the end of elongated foreplay. Perhaps it is just this sequence that with its own sheer brawn, carries Narnia to the plane of cult movies.

The four children, the future kings and queens of Narnia, are adorable, and do a great job of playing valiant. The youngest of the lot, Georgie Henley, obviously get the most pats on her back. She is sweet, and surprisingly sensitive in her portrayal of various emotions.

Along their way to the white witch, there are beavers, foxes and trees. All of them, when they do appear after long commas and breaks, are humorous at the best till the climax. Aslan the lion, as the head that wears the crown, displays a piquing combination of strength, righteousness and, therefore, self-imposed vulnerability. Liam Neeson's quietly echoing voice does a great job of evoking a feeling of inspiration.

Narnia on the whole seems like a diminutive version of an LOTR. Probably simply because it is a children's movie. It is short, at 2 hours, and has a straightforward story. The dark, the gross and the grody, stay strapped away by frequent little triumphs. A good, hearty, victory is never more than a few minutes away.

Send your kids to Narnia as surely as you would buy them a set of beyblades. Looks like this one is going to get at least half as much of a following as Potter, and so the peer pressure will be commensurate. As for yourself, well, if you are big on fantasy, this just might be fun. Maybe delayedly, but it does ultimately let you ride that mind-stirring wave of fantasy.
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Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe (english) reviews
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  • Cast
    Georgie Henley, Skander Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Kiran Shah, James Cosmo
  • Director
    Andrew Adamson
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Rahul on 22nd Apr 2006, 12:02pm | Permalink
Such a LAME copy of a brilliant series. Thank God we still have Harry Potter to loo forward to, cause Narnia was quite frankly waaaaaaaay too catholic to digest. Kinda ruined the premise of the movie!
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4
Saju on 5th Mar 2006, 1:43pm | Permalink
This review is so full of cliches and cocky one liners that it sounds totally cheesy.



Please can't you stay with good simple english and avoid those one liners ? You are doing a review, stop aping stupid american wanna be glam mag writers
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8
Harshika Gundu on 16th Feb 2006, 3:57pm | Permalink
a very briliant movie.
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8
Concerned Parent on 15th Feb 2006, 6:50am | Permalink
This is a children's movie-analogy to foreplay and orgasm is uncalled for - someone needs to censor the reviews - I wouldn't want my kids to stumble on a review like this.
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2
Krishna on 6th Feb 2006, 5:41pm | Permalink
The movie is toooo slow. Unlike other fantasies, TCON is not punctuated by enough suspense, thrill or intrigue.
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4
Rahul on 5th Feb 2006, 9:13pm | Permalink
Wow - the reviewer is finally getting a hold of how to rate a movie without infusing to many personal "feelings" into this. Narnia was a Average movie @ the best. I dont care about the Christian teachings infused in it - the movie remains utterly monotonic in its story telling. Harry Potter, it is NOT!!! Worth watching once - if u wanna see what will be (yes, WILL BE) substituting Potter @ the theatres from 2007.
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6
Aamchi Hyd on 5th Feb 2006, 7:30pm | Permalink
Well, I have mixed feelings about this movie - mostly beacause of the lack of the punch delivered in this genre of cinema by the LOTR movies (even King Kong) and also the CGI lion which is really, really disappointing (also brings down Liam Neeson's voice capabilities). Also unfortunate that an Indian IT Co has the dubious credit of creating Aslan. I am not looking forward to the sequels.
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10
Andy S on 5th Feb 2006, 9:20am | Permalink
why is the PVR cinema being ignored by FH? its also screening this movie?
RATING
8
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