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May 21, 2008 > Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia

Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia

By Anuja Seith

Run time: 2 hr 20 mins
Rating: PG

C.S. Lewis's enthralling fantasy comes to life in Andrew Adamson's the Chronicles of Narnia. The movie is set in a fantasy world inhabited by centaurs, minotaurs, fauns, gryphon, talking mammals and tree spirits. It takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride packed with action and emotions. The four Pevensive siblings are transported suddenly from England to Narnia, a world of talking animals and dwarfs when Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) blows the magic horn to seek help to redeem Narnia from evil shackles of his uncle, Lord Miraz (Sergio Castellitto). On their return to this wonderland, the siblings discover that more than 1300 years have passed in Narnian time and their castle is in shambles. The Telmarines who now rule Narnia under the reign of Lord Miraz have driven the magical creatures of Narnia to the edge of existence; people assume that these creatures are nothing more than "fairy tales."

The Narnians themselves have lost their magic and to Lucy's (Georgie Henley) dismay the trees no longer "dance" the way they used to. During their absence Prince of Caspian, traveling incognito to save his life from his uncle, leads the Narnian people. As the four meet Prince Caspian, they devise ways to rescue the land of Narnia from Miraz who has installed himself as the king. From this point on, the audience is immersed in a thrilling experience with constant combat and heroic action of Prince Caspian and King Peter (William Moseley), his younger brother Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Queen Susan (Anna Powell) and Lucy (Georgie Henley).

While audience can revel in the heroic actions of King Peter and Prince Caspian, Lucy's innocence adds a delightful innocence. Long robes, headdress, weapons such as bows and arrows, and verdant surroundings all add to a stunning backdrop. Supporting characters including the pessimistic dwarf Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) and an amusing but valiant warrior mouse Reepicheep (voice of Eddie Izzard) who is always conscious of his honor provides comic relief amidst the battle. Narnia however falls short as it struggles to develop depth; the character of Aslan, the lion, could be more three-dimensional and a flirtation between Susan and Caspian seems to come from out of nowhere late in the story. However, gripping performances, amazing backdrops and a thoroughly enjoyable comic element combine to provide an entertaining package.

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