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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Action,Adventure,Drama,Family,Fantasy
USA / English
"Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. "
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.
Georgie Henley Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton White Witch
James McAvoy Mr. Tumnus, the Faun
Jim Broadbent Professor Kirke
Kiran Shah Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh Mrs. Pevensie
Elizabeth Hawthorne Mrs. MacReady
Patrick Kake Oreius
Shane Rangi General Otmin
Brandon Cook Boy on Train
Cassie Cook Girl on Train
Director: Andrew Adamson
Producer: Mark Johnson,Philip Steuer
Writer: Ann Peacock,Andrew Adamson
A Truly Moving Picture
I saw this film on November 30th in Indianapolis. I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival that screens films for their Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

Four young children enter the timeless world of Narnia through the door of a wardrobe piece of furniture while playing hide-and-seek. And what a world it is. There are talking animals, dwarfs, giants, beasts, centaurs, and indescribable half-human combinations. And, in this world of Narnia there is a titanic struggle between the White Witch and her evil army and the good lion Aslan and his noble army.

Although it doesn't seem possible, you can suspend disbelief and become engaged in the story because the artistry and technology are so outstanding. The art direction, special effects, cinematography, editing and sound will most likely and should be nominated for Academy Awards. The lion Aslan dominates your attention in every scene he appears in, and as the story unfolds, he becomes as human-like as any of the four children.

The four children seem normal enough with their constant teasing and fighting among themselves, but when events truly matter, they come together and exemplify the highest standards of sacrifice, courage, fidelity and heroism. Both children and adults will find inspiration and role models in these four children.

The lion Aslan is a mystical and almost biblical hero. There are many parallels between Aslan and Christianity, and you can watch this film anywhere in the religious-secular spectrum you care to. I suspect that over many years the other six books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia will be made into movies and they will have the same type of financial and artistic success as The Lord of the Rings film trilogy had. That is high praise indeed.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.

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Imdb rating: 7.2
Musician: Harry Gregson-Williams
Running time: 143 min
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Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]; Stereo [English]
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