The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Director: Andrew Adamson

Writers: Ann Peacock and Andrew Adamson and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, from the book by C.S. Lewis

Stars: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

C.S. Lewis's story of the four Pevensie children's (Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, and Anna Popplewell) adventures in the land of Narnia comes to the screen as a big-budget, digital spectacle.


Although the battle, which was summarized in only a few bloodless paragraphs of the novel, takes up a good part of the running time--and, no doubt, the budget--of the film, the tone of the book is largely preserved.


The children are perfectly cast and Narnia is portrayed as a generally friendly place, except for occasional appearances by the White Witch (Tilda Swinton) and her cronies.


I like big battle scenes, so the shift of emphasis from character to spectacle didn't bother me, but strict admirers of the novel may be disappointed.

Spoiler alert!!! From the end of the movie!!


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