Our family eagerly has anticipated this movie and we were not one bit disappointed. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the story of the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. The children are evacuated from London during the bombings of World War II into the countryside, where they arrive at the estate of the eccentric Professor Kirke. Upon playing hide and seek on a rainy day Lucy discovers an empty room which contains a wardrobe. Lucy climbs into the wardrobe to hide, however she finds herself in the snowy woods of Narnia. This particular scene is reminiscent of Judy Garland opening her front door and stepping into the land of Oz. Lucy meets Mr. Tumnus, a faun who invites her to tea. During tea Mr. Tumnus tells Lucy that Narnia has been under an evil spell cast by the White Witch for the past 100 years, which makes it always winter but never Christmas. Mr. Tumnums also reveals he is in the pay of the White Witch as a kidnapper, but decides to send Lucy back to the city of Spare Oom in the far land of Wardrobe instead of handing her over to the witch. Lucy arrives back in the empty room only to find that time has stood still with the game of hide and seek going on. Later in the night Lucy decides to sneak back to the room containing the wardrobe, Edmund follows her and finds himself in Narnia. Edmund meets the White Witch and reveals to her there are four Pevensie children after the Witch feeds him enchanted Turkish Delight. The Witch tells Edmund to bring his siblings to her and as a reward he will receive more Turkish Delight as well as sharing the throne of Narina. Lucy is delighted Edmund has discovered Narnia also but is humilated by him later in front of their siblings. The next day the four children find themselves bundling into the wardrobe to hide from Mrs. McCreedy and find their way into Narnia. Lucy takes them to Mr. Tumnus's cave only to find Mr. Tumnus has been arrested by the White Witch and his cave in shambles. A robin leads the children to Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. The Beavers inform the children of the prophecy of Cair Parivel when two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve sit on the four thrones of Cair Paravel and with Aslans return the White Witch will be defeated. Edmund leaves the Beavers to return to the White Witch, who throws him in prison when he arrives alone. Edmund informs the Witch where his siblings are, that they are to meet Aslan at the stone table, whereupon she instructs Margrim, her chief of police to take his army and destroy them all. There is an intense escape scene from the Beavers dam into the woods. In the woods the children meet Father Christmas who gives them weapons to use in the upcoming battle against the Witch. As the children and the Beavers travel through Narnia, spring has come since Aslan is on the move. The group arrives at Aslans camp where they prepare for battle. The White Witch takes Edmund and her army to arrive at the Stone Table before Aslan. However the Witches camp is discovered after Maurgrim attacks Lucy and Susan in the woods. Aslans army frees Edmund and he is reinstated into the Pevensie family. The White Witch arrives at Aslan's camp to proclaim Edmund a traitor and to claim his blood. Aslan and the White Witch meet and later in the evening Aslan goes to the stone table to offer himself as a sacrifice in Edmunds place. Lucy and Susan who accompained Aslan through the woods follow him to the stone table and watch as the Witch slays him. The girls mourn over their beloved Aslan but as the sunrises the stone table is split in two and Aslan is resurrected. The girls and Aslan fly through the woods to the battle field where Peter and Edmund are in the throws of war with the White Witch and her army. The battle scene is spectacular! It is on the same caliber of the "Lord of the Rings", but with less bloodshed/violence. Ultimately the White Witch is defeated by Aslan. Edmund is wounded as others are but Lucy uses the gift Father Christmas gave her the elixir of the fireflowers to revive the wounded. The four children sit in the thrones of Cair Paravel as kings and queens of Narnia. Aslan leaves Cair Paravel to venture to other lands. The children now as adults find themselves chasing the white stag through the woods when they discover the lamppost. Lucy leads them through the woods and back into the wardrobe. As they spill out of the wardrobe they are transformed back into children who are greeted by Professor Kirke. Later in the night Lucy attempts to go back to Narnia via the wardrobe but Professor Kirke tells her she can go back to Narnia but not via the wardrobe again.
This movie is a faithful adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic. There are a few added special effects from Hollywood which were not in the book but they serve as a tie in the story. The directing,casting,screenplay, musical score are brilliant! I am sure C.S. Lewis himself would have been pleased with this movie. Our family is eagerly planning on attending another showing of this movie during the Christmas/New Year season. This is destined to become a classic as the book itself is.
This movie is amazing. The acting is great, the visual effects are stunning, and Aslan is more real and powerful than ever. This movie has some battle sequences that may be scary to younger viewers, and a scene when the White Witch kills Aslan may be too much for kids 7 and under. But other than that, this movie is fantastic. The child actors played the roles perfectly. All in all this movie is a great clean film that the whole family can enjoy. It also has a great allegory of Christ dying to save us.