The Chronicles of Narnia (2005, 2008, 2010)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) from Walden Media
Rated PG. Drama, Royalty, War/Epic, Family Films
Academy Award, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Best Makeup

Five Gold Stars, Five Gold Stars,
and Four Silver Stars1/2

Description (from the first movie’s film case): [It all starts with] Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, four siblings who find the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of “hide-and-seek” at the country estate of a mysterious professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, once peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs, and giants that has been turned into a world of eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent lion Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a spectacular, climactic battle to be free of the Witch’s glacial powers forever! [Yes, the description on the case ends with an exclamation point.]

My thoughts: The more one understands what The Chronicles of Narnia are all about, the more powerful the stories are. (Perhaps that goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway.) Couldn’t ask for better locations, better music, or better casting for these adventurous fantasy films, and bringing in the same actors for role reprisals throughout the series definitely aids in making the ongoing story compelling. The second film in the series is even better than the first, if that’s possible, and I love the closing songs in the second and third, “The Call” and “There’s a Place for Us.” Personally, I could’ve done without the little romance add-in, in Prince Caspian, but, hey. Modern film adaptations–what can you do? I hear tell there are plans to continue the series with The Silver Chair, so if the locations, music, and casting can stay on par with the preceding movies, the continuation should be fantastic.

My corresponding reading: The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.


The trailer for my favorite of the series, Prince Caspian.


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