The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

dir. Andrew Adamson

In the wake of the magnificent Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Narnia films managed to achieve none of the things that made the former such a successful adaptation. There is no spark in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; it simply meanders from event to event with no particular emotion or insight. Tilda Swinton does an impressive job as the White Witch, but she can’t save this film’s fundamental lack of stakes. The visual effects are pretty patchy, and at 143 minutes it drags beyond any reasonable justification. The worst thing of all is the fact that the four main kids are just completely, utterly unremarkable. Perhaps the film would have been saved if they were in any way interesting, but they are not. So it’s not.

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