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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is everything I expected it to be and more. Based on C.S. Lewis' series, Andrew Adamson has really shown himself to be a capable director, after many feared he would be a let down after having only done Shrek and Shrek 2. The movie is a nice adaptation of the books and wonderfully brings the book to life.

The first thing they nailed was the casting. They were bang on the mark with almost everyone. Young Georgie Henley was the standout child as Lucy Pevensie, but all four child actors did extremely well, and once again my hate for child actors has been slightly weakened! Tilda Winton was brilliant as the White Witch. Such chill, passion, fury and evilness reeks from every scene she's in. The key to the successful casting was the fact most of the actors and actresses weren't hollywood big names. Seeing an unknown on screen means they own that character. It would have killed it if they had used say Julia Roberts or Nicole Kidman as the white witch.

Secondly, the atmosphere of the movie. What I mean is the locations, the vibe, the feeling generated within each scene. Most of the visual effects are very well done, however there are a few creatures which could have been done with perhaps some trained animals, as some animals appeared a bit fake in some parts. New Zealand once again makes a stunningly beautiful backdrop ;)
There are some really sweet moments and the first scenes of entering Narnia are well created.

There are a few moments which are a bit reminiscent of LOTR, but they just bring up a small chuckle :P

As for the Biblical references, which were to be expected from the book, they're there if you look for them, and they're not there if you don't look. It's quite nicely done in this respect, if you aren't told about them, I doubt you'd pick up on many of them. It can be viewed simply as a tale of good vs. evil. People who don't like religion in movies aren't going to be storming out of the cinema demanding their money back.

The values within this movie are all good though - who you're real friends are and so on.

Overall, it's a good movie for the family - both adults and kids will enjoy this one. It's paced very well, it's got some great action scenes, and it certainly has a magical charm about it - some of the scenes are really quite cool.

I highly reccomend Narnia to both fans of the book, and those who have not read the books, it's simply very well done and I tip my hat to the filmmakers.

9/10


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I think the same thing Amphy 9/10


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I really liked the movie. I saw it last night. I agree with Amphy about how it is.
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9/10 superb i looved it i like one reason is because it's one of the only movies made from books that took nothing out of the movie from the book it was AWSOME!!

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As I make this post, it has been ten minutes since I walked in the door. My previous location.......the theater. I just saw it and it was awesome.

I really didn't see any weaknesses, however I am a little disappointed. "My girl" Suzy wasn't in a lot of the battle, which was kind of dumb. She's an archer, she should be out there picking off those centaur things. :P Her role was nontheless spectacular.

"Suzy" is smart, can shoot a bow, and is pretty darn cute, so she is my favorite character.

Due to the auidience this was aimed at, there wasn't a lot of visible stabbing. They action was blurry. This was kind of disappointing also, but it is a film for most ages, so it's understandable.


I loved it, it was a great movie, and I hope they make more. It is the Chronicles of Narnia is it not?


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I just saw it about 3 hours ago like most movies based off books there were alot of things missing especialy since it is a series of seven books.

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Oooo I really gotta see it, I loved the old movie in my younger years, with those men in bear costumes and really fake... Meh it was cool...

I've read the book 1 too many times...

The advert looked a bit like LOTR with the war bit, and actually a bit like Star Wars III where you have that Chubacca person standing up and growling or whatever the hell happened, something like that...

Ill check the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe out, thanks for the rate Amphy ;)

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Latios wrote:
I just saw it about 3 hours ago like most movies based off books there were alot of things missing especialy since it is a series of seven books.

Maybe, like, this movie is only an adaptation of the first book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, in the series of 7 books that is The Chronicles of Narnia?
Unfortunately for me, this movie only comes out next week over here, probably because they have to dub it to Hebrew. You know... for the kids (they dub children's movies over here, but only children's movies, not all movies like in Europe. Also, they show the regular English-speaking versions of children's movies alongside the dubbed ones). Kong, on the other hand, comes out this week, and you can expect my review on that... :P

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That wasn't just the first book that was the 1st and some of the end of the seventh.

Spoiler:The book is like a christan story and asland died in the seventh.

Edit from sN0w: Please post spoilers in small size or transparent colours :evil:

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Are you sure?

I'm pretty sure that what your spoiler is happened in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe...


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Amphy wrote:
Are you sure?

I'm pretty sure that what your spoiler is happened in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe...


That was a good one. The movie really does spoil alot.

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Latios wrote:
The movie really does spoil alot.

It really doesn't. The following is a spoiler, highlight to read:

Aslan actually happens to die many times over the course of The Chronicles of Narnia. The first time it happens is, actually, in the first book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. He is killed by the White Witch on the stone, but is then resurrected - sort of like Jesus Christ. Do you now see the allegory? He ALSO dies in the seventh book, but it's not his first time.

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Nido wrote:
Latios wrote:
The movie really does spoil alot.

It really doesn't. The following is a spoiler, highlight to read:






Well I guess it really dosen't explain alot since it skip 5 books, but it still ruins enough that you saw the movie then you decided you want to read the books. Then your screwed 8) Also if my other post didn't say spoiler than that is almost exactly what you typed in blue :wink:

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No, you... just don't understand, do you? It doesn't skip 5 books, or anything like that - the movie doesn't reveal any plot points that happen in the 7th book. I haven't even seen it, but I know it doesn't. The explanation is below, but it contains spoilers, so highlight to read:

Aslan DIES IN THE FIRST BOOK AS WELL. His death in the movie is, without a doubt, the very same death he experiences in the FIRST BOOK. End of story.

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Ok I highly suggest you read a summary of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe before you argue this any further.

For a summary of just the first book check out the wikipedia entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion%2 ... e_Wardrobe

However I highly suggest you actually go back and read the book. The movie is a pretty good adaptation and doesn't leave out very much (and certainly DOESN'T skip ahead to the 7th book).


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Just watched the movie a few days ago, and I've read the book before. I knew I was going to like it.

It was an excelent adaptation of the book. I thought it would be such a loyal adaptation because the book is rather small and the story is short.

The best thing about the movie, in relation to the book, was the battle. It took about mere three pages of the book, but it took a generous amount of minutes of the film.

The graphics are amazing, the characters were basically how I imagined them, except for Aslam, who I thought was way more intimidating. I didn't like Susan, she had a pretty spoiled expression to me, and Peter was plain annoying (but I had this impression of Peter since I read the book). I just loved Lucy, she was the cutest thing ever, and Edmund was pretty the same how I imagined as well. Mr. Tumnus was, probably, my favorite character, together with the Beavers.

Yeah, a few takes reminded me of Lord of the Rings, but meh, that was nothing, I didn't even consider it.

I knew I was going to love that movie. I just love animals and fantasy creatures, and, well, the fantasy genre as a whole is fascinating to me. Big cats are one of my favorite beasts, so Aslam just looked awesome. I also loved the Minotaurs.

Anyway, 9.0 / 10. And a very well deserved ovation.

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Just saw it 2 hours ago, one heck of an amazing film, very like the first version though, but with better animation and a war scene.

The acting was great most of the time and the effects were just like wow, especcially for Aslan. I didnt think the white witch was very good, I disagree with Amphy on that point, watch the first version, the white witch is a bit colder and darker.

The first version is basically the same in some parts except different animation and actors etc, the size of the beavers has changed from the first version, in the first version the beavers were huge, man size, now they're cheeky 1 foot things waddling everywhere.

The Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe: 9/10 Very well made.

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I've seen a few posts saying that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first book, which it isn't. It's actually the second book, the first being The Magician's Nephew.

Just clearing that up.

Also I haven't seen the movie but I want to desperately. They were awesome books and I want to see how well they translate into modern day movies. I hope it's done as well as it was in LOTR.

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I've seen a few posts saying that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first book, which it isn't. It's actually the second book, the first being The Magician's Nephew.

Wrong. The correct order of the books, which is the order in which C.S. Lewis wrote them in, has The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as the first book, and The Magician's Nephew as the sixth book. True, The Magician's Nephew occurs before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe chronologically, but it is the sixth book. When the books were brought to America from England, the publishing company thought it would be a good idea to publish the books in their chronological order. While it organizes the chronology of the books, it also jumbles up the storylines, as there are a few storylines that follow different characters over different books, and when you change the order of the books around you loose the continuity of these storylines. Also, by putting The Magician's Nephew first, you ruin the whole surprise and wonder of the discovery of Narnia. The whole purpose of The Magician's Nephew was to explain how this world, the world of Narnia which we've already come to know and love over six books, was created. It has much less of an impact when you're not familiar with the world at all. The correct and logical order of the books places The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first - and I'm glad that did the same thing with the movies.

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Pardon my ignorance - having Magician's Nephew first was just what I'd grown up with. I guess getting proven wrong is just how you learn :) .

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Nido wrote:
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I've seen a few posts saying that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first book, which it isn't. It's actually the second book, the first being The Magician's Nephew.

Wrong. The correct order of the books, which is the order in which C.S. Lewis wrote them in, has The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as the first book, and The Magician's Nephew as the sixth book. True, The Magician's Nephew occurs before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe chronologically, but it is the sixth book. When the books were brought to America from England, the publishing company thought it would be a good idea to publish the books in their chronological order. While it organizes the chronology of the books, it also jumbles up the storylines, as there are a few storylines that follow different characters over different books, and when you change the order of the books around you loose the continuity of these storylines. Also, by putting The Magician's Nephew first, you ruin the whole surprise and wonder of the discovery of Narnia. The whole purpose of The Magician's Nephew was to explain how this world, the world of Narnia which we've already come to know and love over six books, was created. It has much less of an impact when you're not familiar with the world at all. The correct and logical order of the books places The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first - and I'm glad that did the same thing with the movies.


Sorry nido but your wrong I recently got all seven books in one and there in C.S Lewis correct order. In fact Magicians Nephew is the first one becuase if you read the book it leads up to the Lion the witch and the wardrobe( with the wardrobe being made at the end of Magicians nephew). Next is the Lion the witch and the wardrobe he made this the second book becuase the Magicans Nephew was when Narnia was created and the witch came in and etc. Also I'm sorry Amphy for saying that the books skiped from 1 to 7 becuase they were nowhere close. Also I don't remeber who said that the book was not as similar to the movie, they were way off if you read the 2 book chapter to chapter than watch the movie they are very similar.

So know one gets confused here is C.S lewis's prefered way that he wants you to read them.

1.The Magican's Nephew
2. The Lion, The witch, And the Wardrobe
3.The Horse and His Boy
4.Prince Caspian
5.The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6.The Silver Chair
7. The Last Battle

Those are in the order C.S wants you to read them so sorry nido you were wrong. Also C.S tells you what book to read next when you get to the back of the book. They all lead into one another the Magican's Nephew would never be the Sixth book becuase "The Silver Chair" leads right into The Last Battle. The "Magicans Nephew was the beginig of Narnia there is no way that the Begginig leads to the End of Narnia. Also no C.S lewis did not right them in the order that you said becuase after you read one of the books it says when it was wrote not the copy right and if you read it he made Magicans Nephew 2 yers before the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.Also he didn't jumble up the books becuase if you read the books there is always a way that a new gate way is opened.

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Latios... Just No. I'll spare my words, just, do me a favour and take a look at this website:

http://www.aslan.demon.co.uk/narnia.htm

An excerpt from the above site:
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C.S Lewis's famous series of children's stories were published between 1950 and 1956, in the following order:

1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
2. Prince Caspian(1951)
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
4. The Silver Chair (1953)
5. The Horse and His Boy (1954)
6. The Magicians Nephew(1955)
7. The Last Battle (1956)

I pretty much rest my case.

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Well I'm just saying the way he wants you to read them becuase of the events, like in Magicain's Nephew read the blue text how at the end of that book the wardrobe is made by Digory from the tree that he planted to save his mother, also how could that lead into Last battle since it is the beggining of Narnia and the last battle is the end . Another thing is that C.S lewis changed the order he was doing the books by the people in his family that he liked most dedicated to. The reason that the Lion the wicth and the wardrobe was first was becuase he dedicaded it to the most important person in his life his God Daughter lucy. That is wy she is one of the main characters in the 2 book, he changed the order becuase it didn't make since to have all of the stories jumbled up.

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In no way does the publication order imply that The Magician's Nephew occurs, chronologically, before The Last Battle. On the contrary, the whole point of the American publication order is to PUT the stories in chronological order, which puts The Magician's Nephew first. As I wrote in previous posts, it makes sense NOT to read The Magician's Nephew first, because it really gives you the background story to the world you, the reader, have already become familliarized with over 5 books prior to that one. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a much better introduction to the world of Narnia, because for somebody who ISN'T familliar with the books, when reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the sense of the discovery of Narnia and the revealing of the wonderous creatures, and Aslan, is far more magical than it would be if you're already familliar with the world. And you would already be familliar with the world if you read The Magician's Nephew first. It's possible to debate the topic, but I think that the publication order, which was the ORIGINAL order that the books came out in, is and should be considered the correct reading order. Obviously, the movies are following this order, by making The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first, as opposed to The Magician's Nephew.

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Well I think that the lion the witch and the wardrobe would make a not as great as a first book as the Magicans Nephew. First off becuase most readers want to know how narnia was created and the deeper magic rules, they would want to know in general how the wardrobe came to be.If the lion the witch and the wardrobe was the first book then C.S wouldn't have as many fans as he does. Furthermore that is kind of wierd having the sixth book be Magicans Nephew first becuase like I said in my other post the begging of narnia right to the end that dosen't really tigh intogether,the silver Chair does way better as a sixth book then Magican's Nephew will ever be so it may have been made by the dates you put but as I told you before he wrote the books in order of the people who he dedicated it to he liked the most( lucy for example was his God Daughter that is why he would have made that first because he cared about her the most.

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