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That is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for those of you trying to figure out the abbreviation.

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  • Georgie Henley,Skandar Keynes,William Moseley,Anna Popplewell,Tilda Swinton,Liam Neeson,Ray Winstone,Dawn French,Rupert Everett – Fox (voice)

I really wanted to love this film. I can remember reading the books, and I really enjoyed the BBC version from ages ago. Trouble is that this never seemed to get the balance right. It didn’t feel slow at the start, with the build-up as the film established the children’s characters and relationships, but considering how much goes on maybe this time could’ve been put to better use later on in the film. The children’s relationship with Aslan felt rushed, imo, and lacking in emotion.

Also there were too many special effects. Obviously there had to be a lot given the characters and storyline, but while the majority looked great every now and then something seemed to jar and knock me out of the film. A few of those backgrounds looked very fake.

I also had a problem with Aslan himself. In a way I think they made him too expressive. He is supposed to be a wild lion, full of danger, but I think he came across as slightly too cuddly here. And he just didn’t look like a real lion.

Okay, that is the bad parts over and done with. For the most part I enjoyed this film. The children were all great, Lucy especially. And given that they were in almost every single scene they really did carry the film. If they had not been as good in their roles then none of the film would have worked. The beaver pair were great too, as was the fox. But it was Tilda Swainton’s White Witch that was really great. She was perfect as the witch, whether bribing Edmund with Turkish Delight or confronting Aslan, she was everything the role called for.

Special mention to the music, which I loved. And the way it stopped completely before the battle, letting the silence be heard before the storm of the fight. Which reminds me, the little scene with Mr. Tumnus and Lucy as he played the pipes and sent her dreaming, I loved those little dancing fire-creatures.

So overall I’d say I was a little disapointed. A fun evening at the cinema, but I’m not too sure if I would rewatch it. And as for the whole allegory business, I’d just ignore that and enjoy the story.

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