I have not read any of C.S. Lewis’ books, but I remember the Stone Table sacrifice from a TV series that I watched when I was younger (that is the only scene I remember). Consequently, it was with an open mind that I sat down in the theater to watch this movie.
I admit that the idea of talking animals and animal-like beings sounds a bit ridiculous, but it actually works fairly well in the movie. The computer animations also work well: they are believable most of the time.
The most memorable performance in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is given by Tilda Swinton. Her portrayal of the White Witch is excellent, letting the viewer sense the witch’s relentless personality and true self even in her most seductive moments. The White Witch reminded me of Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings movies.
Be sure to keep watching as the end credits start to roll. Luckily, I wasn’t as quick to get up and leave the theater as some of the other audience members; just as I was preparing to leave, the credits disappeared and those of us who hadn’t already left were treated to an additional scene. This got me thinking: if there are one or more additional scenes in relation to the end credits, maybe people should be made aware of that fact so they don’t miss them; but then again, such scenes could of course be seen as a kind of reward for those who remain for the end credits.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a well done, exciting movie, but it failed to connect with me on all levels and didn’t leave much of a lingering impression. Furthermore, watching the movie didn’t make me any more interested in reading the books than I was before seeing it.