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5 Stars Out Of 5
Faithful Adaptation of the Beloved Classic
January 25, 2013
Bringing the C.S. Lewis classic masterpiece "The Chronicles of Narnia" on the screen can be a daunting task for any director, producer and screenplay writer. However the BBC hit the nail on the head when they produced The Chronciles of Narnia for the Wonder Works television series. The series consists of screen adaptations of the following books, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Silver Chair."
Screen play writer Alan Seymore and director, Marilyn Fox were faithful to the original works of Lewis and maintained the "allegory of the Christian faith" throughout. Geoffrey Burgon's composed a musical score which is pure enchantment. The actors captured the spirit of the Narian characters as they appear in the books. Jeffrey S. Perry's portrayal of Mr. Tumnus was brillant. The performances by child actors Richard Dempsey, Sophie Cook, Johnathan R. Scott and Sophie Wilcox were outstanding as the Pevensie children. Michael Aldridge's performance as Professor Kirk is certainly memorable. Barbara Kellerman was a delightfully over the top as the White Witch. Although the series was released in 1988, it has endured for over the past 22 years, becoming a classic in its own right.
The only negative comment I will make about the series is the BBC didn't finish the series.
It would be a wonderful treat for children of all ages if the BBC would consider finishing the project by making "The Magician's Nephew, The Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle."
Overall this series is a joy to watch with your family after reading the classic series by C.S. Lewis.
I really like the message, the adventure and the wonderful way it teaches. I think it's excellent for all age groups and can hold anyones attention. I think it's a good movie for the whole family for a Sunday afternoon where everyone can relax and enjoy each others company and relate how they see the characters in their family and themselves.
I think these movies are so close to the books, which makes me soo happy. The new Disney "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" strays from the book and takes away Reepicheeps honor. Upset me. But this old version does not! The old one, and "The Silver Chair" were my favorite 2 of the old ones, and L, W, W and PC were my fave in the new ones. But when my family and I watched it, we thought it was well done for the funds they had, and thougth it was theatrical. Like if we were to go and see it on a stage. Poor graphics, yes, weird cartoon things in the first one, yes, but at the end of the day it fulfills my imagination from what I read in the books... I want these movies! :D
I asked my 20-year old daughter if she would like a DVD of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe for Easter. She Said yes, but she would rather have the BBC version that she loved to watch when she was a child. It doesn't have quite the modern-day special effects that the newer version has, but it is a very good production!