The Chronicles of Narnia: A Review

Young reporters from Children’s Express review the film

Based on the book by CS Lewis, this fantasy filled film leads a family of four children into a world of exploration and imagination. As their mother sends them to safety, a long journey begins.

A train ride takes them to their new guardian, Professor Kirke, in the rural countryside. The simple game of hide and seek in Kirke’s mansion leads Lucy, the youngest of the four, into the spare room where she discovers a wardrobe that brings her to an unknown world. She meets Mr Tumnus, one of the strange looking creatures in the film, who introduces her to the land of Narnia. As she returns to the house to tell her siblings about what she’s discovered, understandably, everyone thinks it’s in her imagination.

When they accidentally break a window, they flee into the wardrobe and into Narnia. Susan, Peter and Edmund apologise to Lucy for not believing her. They turn to find Mr Tumnus, but find his house in ruins and forsaken. The children are startled by the beaver who tries to explain the prophecy of Narnia. Susan, still in disbelief, says: 'He’s a beaver! He shouldn’t be saying anything!' This was one of many humorous scenes throughout the film.

The gullible Edmund betrays the family’s trust by going to the White Witch’s house in exchange for Turkish Delight. He disappoints the witch by not bringing in the rest of the family and is taken captive. His brother and sisters try to save him from the witch and find Aslan, the lion and the true king of Narnia, to help them free their brother. In able to do so, they need to fulfill the prophecy and fight the witch.

The war scenes are reminiscent of many recent films, such as Lord of the Rings. The special effects are spectacular. The way they have been able to incorporate reality into fantasy is a skill that many films seek to achieve. With a duration of just over two hours, the film entertains from start to finish and is exciting for both young and old.

Children’s Express is a media programme for young people aged 8-18. This review was written by Christopher Stone (14), Colleen Fitzsimons (16), and Nicole Clinton, (13).

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