14 June, 2021

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Incredibly engrossing but intermittently so. It holds you, but the grip could have been even more firm.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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Starring: Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Anna Popplewell
Director: Andrew Adamson
Rating: ***


As an adult watching a children's film, that too without having read the C.S. Lewis series on which it is based, all I can say is that Adamson's Narnia is incredibly engrossing but intermittently so. It holds you, but the grip could have been even more firm. Of course, there is the panoramic canvas, the breathtaking special effects and the incredible cinematography. But it doesn't take much to realise that the strength of the images actually lies in the written word. Lewis' story is impeccable in its mix of fantasy and reality. And so you have the dreadful reality of World War II and a bunch of siblings, the Pevensey kids, who are trying to escape its ravages. They are sent away to the peaceful countryside. Ironically, war follows them there as well. Not in reality but in the fantastic world called Narnia where they are transported by a magical wardrobe. The white witch has taken over Narnia and her...

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