Chronicles of Narnia
The book Chronicles of Narnia was made into the movie Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Book details for Chronicles of Narnia
Movie details for Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The movie was released in 2005 and directed by Andrew Adamson. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was produced by Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com.
Actors on this movie include Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Kiran Shah, James Cosmo, Judy McIntosh, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Patrick Kake, Shane Rangi, Brandon Cook (III), Cassie Cook, Morris Lupton, Shelly Edwards, Susan Haldane, Margaret Bremner and Jaxin Hall.
Director (and co-screenwriter) Andrew Adamson, a veteran of the Shrek franchise, knows his way around a fantasy-based adventure story, and he wisely keeps the story moving when it could easily become bogged down and tiresome. Narnia is, of course, a Christian allegory and the symbology is definitely there (as it should be, otherwise it wouldn't be the story Lewis wrote), but audiences aren't knocked over the head with it, and in the hands of another director it could easily have become pedantic. The focus is squarely on the children and their adventures. The four young actors are respectable in their roles, especially considering the size of the project put on their shoulders, but it's the young Georgie Henley as the curious Lucy who stands out. This isn't a film that wildly succeeds, and in the long run it won't have the same impact as the Harry Potter franchise, but it is well done, and kids will get swept up in the adventure. Note: Narnia does contain battle scenes that some parents may consider too violent for younger children. --Dan Vancini