Chronicles of Narnia

posted on 2011-01-22 by Aleksandra Szymanek

 

I suppose that almost everyone knows the story about the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But to the rest of people, that haven’t seen it yet I’ll shortly summarize the “Chronicles of Narnia”. This is the story about four kids who find a secret entrance to fantasy land called Narnia.

 

They get to know the inhabitants of this mystery world and even make friends there. I won’t tell you how it ends because of obvious reasons, but you might be sure that there is a war between the good and the bad.

Everything started from the book written by Clive Staples Lewis – “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. It is a fantasy fairy-tail for the youngest readers but the adaptation for the screen by Andrew Adamson is addressed also to adults. What I like in this story is definitely the idea of the magic wardrobe. I think it was inspired by mirrors from fables which teleport characters to another worlds but it’s still an original plot. Furthermore it is surprising that when children are in Narnia time in real world is stopped. They can came back home whenever they want and nobody will know where they have been.

 

Although I like the idea for this story the main action isn’t so good. Of course it’s fascinating to watch the fantastic world and characters but taking the whole film into consideration it isn’t full of dynamic and energy. The main events are placed in the end of the story and they are also very predictable. In my opinion there should be more unexpected turns and changes in action. Fortunately these imperfections can be explained by the fact that the “Chronicles of Narnia” is a family movie and it’s addressed to children too. That’s why this film couldn’t be very confused and has clear division into the good and the bad.

 

     What I am surprised by in this film is undoubtedly the play of actors. Mainly I’m thinking about the youngest actors: Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes and Anna Popplewell, who have the most important roles. Usually children aren’t as good in this work as adults what is absolutely understandable. But I must admit that in this film the play of children and teenagers is really, really good.

I can’t forget about the message that the author, C.S. Lewis, wanted to send to his young readers. He was very religious and in this masterpiece he couldn’t miss it. Not without any reasons he called the main characters “the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eva”. The world of Narnia is a metaphorical place of permanent fight. As I mentioned before – the fight between the good and the bad, that can be a specific signpost and lesson to kids.

 

Watching this film with family is an unforgettable experience. All this colourful characters and landscapes make you repeatedly feel that you are in this world in reality. The moving story of friendship and brotherhood is shown with care of details. The music is perfectly connected with views what intensify the impression. I recommend this film to people who want to experience a fantastic adventure in a world of dream.

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