I’ve already written about the beautiful soundtracks of this high fantasy film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on the famous novel by C. S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; but, was is the movie about?
This is the story of four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy that, during the Second World War have to leave their home after the attack of German bombers, and happen to be in a country home of a Professor that is not used to have children around.
While they are playing hide and seek in the big mansion, Lucy want to hide in an ancient wardrobe, but, when she opens the shutters, she discovers that it actually is a passage to a new world!
Lucy discovers a beautiful winter wonderland, beautiful snowy woods and tracks. But, she also meets a faun called Mr. Tumnus that explains to her that the world in which she has entered is called Narnia, and he invites her to his home, a beautiful cozy home. The faun explains to Lucy that the White Witch has cursed Narnia and it has been winter for 100 years!
The only way of ending the curse is to bring to the Witch a human, but he decides then to let Lucy go back to her life; but, when she turns back home, time seems has not passed by and her brothers still plays hide and seek searching for her. They will not believe what she has seen, but, at a certain point, everything changes.
This movie is a beautiful winter fairytale, with lots of hidden meanings and wonderful locations. If you haven’t seen it, it’s absolutely recommended. The actors are amazing (Tilda Swinton and James McAvoy among others).
They filmed most of the movie in New Zealand, where also ten wolves were allowed in for filming in, but some scenes were also filmed in Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland.
When this first Narnia movie was released, it made the Disney’s 5th largest opening worldwide and is now the 55th highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide.