The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
2005
When four London children are sent away to a country home for safety during World War II, they discover a magical wardrobe that leads them to Narnia, a snowy and fantastical land under the spell of an evil witch.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

I enjoyed the Narnia books as much as any kid, but then I grew up. Where the Lord of the Rings films were sophisticated, complex, and challenging, the underdeveloped Narnia films they inspired are probably all doomed to be as dull and imagination-free as this first title, that is if they even get more than two or three titles in. There's just not much to like here, with filmsy two-dimensional characters, a rushed introduction, and overwhelming Christian allegory that doesn't paint non-believers in a very good light. This is another Hollywood misfire where a vast fortune is spent on special effects and marketing, but no one can be bothered to enrich the script. What a waste of money.

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