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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Tilda Swinton, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: © Disney

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Current Status:
In Season
140 minutes
Wide Release Date:
James McAvoy, Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Everett, William Moseley
Andrew Adamson
Walt Disney Productions
Andrew Adamson, C.S. Lewis, Ann Peacock
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

”I’ve been dreaming of this movie for as long as i can remember,” says co-producer Douglas Gresham, stepson of Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis. ”I grew up in Narnia!” Wardrobe tells of four siblings who find a passageway into the talking-animal realm of Narnia, and help a lion named Aslan (realized via CG, voiced by Liam Neeson) end a soul-deadening winter conjured by the evil White Witch (Tilda Swinton). Other attempted adaptations have been thwarted, in part, by daunting F/X demands. But five years ago, Walden Media (Holes) stepped up with a $150 million commitment (Disney was later recruited to help shoulder costs) and a faithful translation. At the helm is Andrew Adamson (Shrek), who made a discovery upon rereading the slim book: ”All the stuff I remembered wasn’t in the book! It was all stuff [my] 8-year-old imagination had expanded.” Thus, characters were fleshed out and the final battle was elaborated.

While Gresham is proud of the result, Adamson hopes he’s made a film all people can believe in. ”Everybody has their own interpretation of what this world looks like,” he says. ”I hope my sensibilities are common enough.”