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Another Chronicles of Narnia Review

Published December 3, 2005 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Disney
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Hey all you fans of magic, talking creatures, unicorns and anything else you might encounter after walking through the back of your wardrobe or cupboard. While bar hopping last night I couldn't help but notice an influx of new TV spots for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe that now hit you with all the one-line positive reviews the film has received.

Among the reviews mentioned was a 'two thumbs up', even though Ebert & Roeper have yet to post their review until tonight.


Chronicles of Narnia Review


Luckily, we were able to find another review for The Chronicles of Narnia, thanks to the alert from 'Ed', over at THR. The review is positive and has a tagline that states, 'Lavish and detailed production brings Narnia to vivid life.'

Fantasy is made flesh -- at least the CGI kind -- in the film version of C.S. Lewis' children's classic, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe." What is lightly sketched in the novel, where much is left to the imagination, blossoms into full-blown, richly detailed life in the movie. Under the direction of Andrew Adamson, co-director of the two "Shrek" cartoons, the blend of live action and CGI is striking. In battle scenes, a few movements do remind you of video-game action. Otherwise, the photo-realism of thousands of creatures and their amazingly organic movements, especially when mixed in with actual locations and real actors, is a remarkable achievement.


Indeed the writers have nicely fleshed out all four children. Peter is a born leader but uncertain how to grasp leadership. Lucy, the innocent who discovers Narnia, is ever curious and determined. Susan's warm maternal instincts are clearly pronounced here. And Edmund's "treachery" stems more from hurt feelings than the mere taste of the White Witch's Turkish Delight.

The CG characters are terrific. Aslan is the Real McCoy as a lion from the individual strands of hair in his mane to those sad-angry eyes. Liam Neeson is too familiar a voice to come from this creature but Neeson does give Aslan gravitas. Ray Winstone and Dawn French turn Mr. and Mrs. Beaver into winsome, chattery creatures.


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is only a week away and will work as a solid warm-up for King Kong the following week. I have just finished the book for a second time [it is short] and have now moved on to reading Eragon; so my fantasy instincts are currently at the max.

To read the entire review, head over to TheHollywoodReporter.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe opens its doors on December 9th.

For the trailers, clips, more reviews, movie stills, posters and synopsis, go to the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Movie Page

Stay tuned for updates.

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