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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG)

Directed by Andrew Adamson

Todays youth may be fixated on Harry Potter and his exploits but that could all change thanks to Disneys fabulous adaptation of what was my favourite novel when I was young The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

C.S Lewiss timeless fantasy about the magical land of Narnia was first published in 1950 and has sold over 60 million copies.

And just like his friend Tolkiens masterpiece The Lord of The Rings it was screaming out to be made into a film. But just as it was with the Ring trilogy the filmmakers knew they would have to get it right or the fans, myself included, would be baying for their blood.

And thanks to a massive crew of skilled artists, a talented cast and impeccable CGI effects, they have achieved their objective. This film is a complete joy.

Set in World War II England, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the story of Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Susan (Anna Popplewell) and Peter Pevensie (William Moseley), four siblings sent to the country to escape the blitz.

Their new accommodation turns out to be a stately manor occupied by a mysterious Professor (Jim Broadbent) and his strict housekeeper.

One day while playing hide-and-seek Lucy discovers the way into a magical world inhabited by fawns, talking animals, giants, centaurs and every other mystical beasts imaginable. The country is known as Narnia and for 100 years it has been under the spell of the White Witch (Tilda Swinton). But there is a prophecy which tells of the coming of two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam who, with the help of the mighty leader Aslan, will free Narnia from the witchs icy grip .

Not so long ago fantasy films like this and the LOTR trilogy would not have been possible. But now, thanks to the magic of CGI, it is impossible to tell the real actors from the make-believe ones. From the beavers (voiced by Ray Winstone and Dawn French) to the queens secret police, the wolves, and the final amazing battle scene, it is obvious anything is achievable.

I loved this movie. The filmmakers have done a superb job at capturing the essence of C.S Lewiss novel, from the scrumptious scenery to each amazing creature, and the result is a superior childrens film that grown-up fans will also thoroughly enjoy.

There are a few scary scenes so its up to you to decide whether your child can handle the make-believe. A holiday must-see!


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