Chuck's Top Ten Movies of 2005 - Number 6
We continue with the top ten movie list of 2005, courtesy of renowned movie watcher, collector, and critic, Chuck Fournier. Here's Chuck's number 6 review:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
I've been waiting to see this movie for quite awhile. I had heard of the books before, but had never given them a chance until a special friend of mine talked me into reading them. I am very thankfull she did, because they are some of the best books I've ever read. I read them during the time I discovered that they were planning on making a movie of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". I had heard from several people at the time that a movie version wouldn't work, and I was sceptical myself after having read this awesome book, but having now seen the film, I'm totally amazed and suprised that it exceeded my expectations.
This is a magical story of a group of children who discover a world inhabited by talking animals and other mythical creatures in an old wardrobe. In this world (Narnia), they learn that they are part of an ancient prophecy that will lead them to fight the evil White Witch who has taken over Narnia, and to deliver the land out of a hundred-year winter.
People who have read this story see it as a great fantasy adventure - a classic tale of the battle between good and evil. Others (such as myself) see it as something more. The writer of these books was a brilliant and famous Christian philosiphor named C.S Lewis. He wrote these books as an allegory to Christianity, and did so to make it easier for children to grasp and understand the Christian message. This is no doubt a children's story, but it is amazing how much of Lewis's ideas and philosophies are in these novels.
Having said that, the main reason why I've been so taken by these stories is because of the allegory behind them. Aslan the lion, who is the Christ figure in all of the stories, is such a powerful character to me. The other characters were memorable also, especially the youngest of the children, Lucy, and the two talking beavers.
There are a lot of talking animal characters in this movie who are vivid and detailed, and my biggest worry about this film was whether or not the artists could really pull off the CGI, especially for Aslan, since he would be the greatest challenge. In reading the book and seeing how they describe Aslan, I knew they would have to find a good animator to pull him off because if they couldn't properly portray Aslan, the whole movie would fail miserably.
Thankfully, they did a perfect job on Aslan and the other CG characters. Each character was so full of life, and worked perfectly with the child actors, who also did an amazing job in the movie, especially the actress who played Lucy. Soooooo cute! Lucy and Aslan were the highlights of the movie for me.
As for the story, I thought they did an excellent job of putting the book on the big screen. They couldn't fit in everything of course, but everything I wanted to see in the movie was there. If you are looking for an entertaining and touching family movie, or if you like fantasy films, then you won't be disappointed with "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".