Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds
2005/ USA, UK
Director: Andrew Adamson
Our Christmas movie lists are highlighted with all the classics; Die Hard, It’s a wonderful life, The Grinch, Elf and many more festive favourites. But what about those under acknowledged few that get you into the spirit of the holidays without hanging a banner that screams Christmas.
C.S Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe describes the adventure of the four Pevensie children. Whereby during a time of war and confusion they find solace through a wardrobe that takes them to the wondrous world of Narnia.
Peter, (William Moseley) though the oldest is the most open minded and will protect his siblings to no end, whereas second born Susan, (Anna Popplewell) is impartial to anything without logic. The second to last, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) is strong willed but gravely naive leaving the youngest of them all, Lucy (Georgie Henley) to remind them that imagination holds no bounds as long as you’re willing to believe.
Liam Neeson voices the almighty Aslan who is the creator of all things Narnian, this beautifully carved CGI beast provides cryptic wisdom to the Pevensie’s. His God like presence comforts the children in times of despair and loneliness and makes us wish that we to had a smooth talking Lion By our side whenever we feel low.
Aside from a brief cameo by Mr Chris Cringle himself, what more subtle way is there to say Christmas than Snow as our four heroes trek across Narnia in order to thwart the wicked plans of Jadis the White Witch (Tilda Swinton). Helping creatures range from Talking Beavers to Fauns and Wood Nymphs giving this magical tale enough spirit to spice your punch. When you combine a Lion a Witch and a Wardrobe you know it can only spell fun for the whole family, as this is one for those who have had enough of having Christmas shoved so blatantly down their throats.
4/5: for Christmas and every other time of the year.
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