The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Review
By Christopher Null
The 2005 feature film version of the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series couldn't possibly be worse than this TV adaptation, one of the cheesiest and least engaging kid flicks to come along in a while. The story isn't terribly well adapted: four British kids go through a wardrobe and end up in a magical land populated by anthropomorphic animals and ruled by an evil queen while the real king, a lion named Aslan, is in exile. Too bad most of the three-hour movie consists of the kids talking to one another and various adults back home who try to convince them Narnia isn't real. Once they're in Narnia (tasked with saving the lion king) things move a little faster, but by then the special effects sink Wardrobe completely. The animals are alternately people in bad monkey suits, cheap animations pasted into the frame, or -- in the case of the lion -- a large stuffed animal with basic movement who can't even move his mouth when he speaks.
I can't imagine any child sitting through more than 15 minutes of this, much less an adult.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Saturday 23rd November 2013
Box Office Worldwide: $748.8M
Production compaines: Walden Media, Walt Disney
Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5
Cast & Crew
Starring: Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie, Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie, William Moseley as Peter Pevensie, Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie, Tilda Swinton as White Witch, James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus, the Faun, Jim Broadbent as Professor Kirke, Kiran Shah as Ginarrbrik, James Cosmo as Father Christmas, Judy McIntosh as Mrs. Pevensie, Elizabeth Hawthorne as Mrs. MacReady, Patrick Kake as Oreius, Rachael Henley as Older Lucy, Mark Wells as Older Edmund, Noah Huntley as Older Peter, Sophie Winkleman as Older Susan, Liam Neeson as Aslan, Ray Winstone as Mr. Beaver, Dawn French as Mrs. Beaver, Rupert Everett as Fox, Cameron Rhodes as Gryphon, Philip Steuer as Philip the Horse, Sim Evan-Jones as Wolf, Michael Madsen as Maugrim