I’ll tell you right now, I have not read the books. Probably never will either. That said, this movie was not nearly as enjoyable to me as the Harry Potter (other “children’s” books that I have not read) films.
Essentially, 4 British children are sent away for safety during the war. Staying in a huge house with little supervision, they stay entertained by playing hide and go seek. The littlest one decides to hide in a wardrobe, but there is no back to it. As she sneaks back inside the wardrobe, she finds herself in a magical, mystical land called Narnia where she is greeted by goat boy, er, a faun. The girl eventually goes back to tell her brothers and sister about the Narnia, but they don’t believe her. At least until they end up there themselves. Then the real adventure begins as they are “the chosen one” to save Narnia as if all 4 were Jesus. But Jesus is actually a lion.
Anyway, the children are decent actors, and the littlest one (Georgie Henley as Lucy) carries the film. The characters are somewhat thin, other than the obvious things that are reiterated throughout the film. OK, so Edmund (Skandar Keynes) never listens and always gets in trouble – we get it already. Don’t tell me this 7 times.
Even with the incredible performance by Georgie, something tells me that the book is better than the film.
2.5 out of 5