I read the previous review with some confusion - there is only a voice over if you select the option in setup...her son was correct, there's no narrator in the film, unless you want it.
Excellent film - of course, like with all these things, the book is always better as your imagination is unlimited whereas in films they have a finite length and only so much they can cram in...but as a stand alone film it's lovely! The children are very good actors and the creatures of Narnia are very well done.
A film enjoyed by both parents and children - one we can sit down to watch again and again.
Well, what can I say, I awaited Disney's release of this film on dvd with baited breath after rave reviews from my family including my 8 year old niece only to be.......... 'SADLY DISSAPOINTED' :-(
I remember reading all the narnia chronicles as a child and being totally enthralled. I imagined with the technology available today that Disney could really bring the story to life, after all i've seen the magic of Harry Potter brought to life and The Lord of the Rings trilogy enthralling my jaded palette.
So what was it I didn't like about The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe? First and foremost the most annoying thing about it was the fact that the whole way through the film a narrator tells the story as the actors and actresses go through the motions, for example:
Narrator: Lucy walks into the bedroom and sees in front of her a large wardrobe
Lucy: As the narrator says this she literally walks into the bedroom and stands agog looking at the wardbrobe
I found this increasingly irritating and annoying if I wanted an audio of the story i'd of bought a cd. My son didn't think that the narrator was in the film when he watched it at the cinema but I would imagine that it was.
The magical talking animals and fabled creatures were all very good but then I expected them to be! Over all I was so totally disappointed with the film that I didn't even bother to watch it to the conclusion...Overall rating...A VERY BIG LET DOWN!
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Family adventure based on the classic novel by CS Lewis. Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are deported from London to the house of an eccentric professor during World War II. They find life in the house extremely dull, until Lucy discovers a wardrobe that leads to a magical world called Narnia, where animals can talk and all are ruled over by the wise and benevolent lion Aslan (voice of Liam Neeson). The others don't believe her at first, but soon all of them go through the wardrobe and discover all is not well in Narnia. The land is being kept in a perpetual winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton), who turns anyone who doesn't obey her into stone. The children join Aslan and the animals loyal to him in an attempt to vanquish Jadis.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings - Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter. Set in World War II England the children enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of 'hide-and-seek' in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis' icy spell forever. Audio commentary from the filmmakers Audio commentary from the director and the kids! 'Discover Narnia' fun facts Bloopers Actors Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, Rupert Everett, Dawn French, James McAvoy, Patrick Kake, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Jim Broadbent & Ray Winstone Director Andrew Adamson Certificate PG Year 2005 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1)