Originating from C.S. Lewis’ classic series of tales about the magical land of Narnia ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ is Disney’s take on this enchanting tale. The film is the story of the four Pevensie children during the Second World War who are evacuated to the countryside, like many hundreds of children were at this time, to escape the bombing going on in London. Sent away from their home and their mother the children at must struggle with coping for themselves, with the eldest two Peter and Susan having to take charge in looking after their younger siblings Edmund and Lucy. The children are sent to stay with a Professor in a large manor house in the countryside where Lucy happens upon a wardrobe in a spare room which acts as a door to another dimension; the magical land of Narnia. Brave and curious Lucy enters into this magical realm, meeting Mr Tumnus the faun (James McAvoy), who invites her in to his home for tea. Soon Mr Tumnus reveals his real motive in inviting her over and that he works for the notorious White Witch, who cursed the land of Narnia to forever live in winter, never summer. Tumnus’ formidable employer has given him instructions to kidnap any humans he found and bring them straight to her. Tumnus allows Lucy to escape, and she rushes back to the real world only to find that time had frozen whilst she was away and that her hours spent in Narnia had gone unnoticed.
Upon hearing her tale Lucy’s brothers and sister assume she is telling tales, or imagining things, and so for a while the Pevensies’ forget about Narnia and force Lucy to do the same. However soon enough Edmund stumbles into Narnia himself, meeting for himself the White Witch (Tilda Swinton) who bribes his loyalty with treats such as Turkish delight, and makes him swear to her that he will bring back his family to meet her. With Edmund’s love of Turkish delight, and the promise of power and the role of Prince of Narnia, Edmund persuades the other Pevensie children to pay Narnia a visit. Unfortunately once they have arrived the children meet a pair of beavers who tell them of a prophecy which says that two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam will free Narnia from the grasp of the witch and restore Narnia to its former glory. Before they have time to process this information, and the apparent grand destiny of their family, Edmund escapes to see the White Witch and is set to betray his family. Desperate to get their brother back to safety the remaining children Peter, Susan and Lucy are told that in order to do so they must find and join Aslan the Lion (Liam Neeson), once King of the Narnia, who is gathering an army to fight the White Witch and restore peace to Narnia.
In the film we watch Peter, Susan and Lucy battle and fight to save their brother Edmund, who after escaping from his family is cruelly held captive by the Witch. After rescuing Edmund he must join his family in the war to free the creatures of Narnia from winter’s grasp, and the witch whose wand can turn people to stone. With some really good animation from Disney, which brings the magical creatures like fauns, centaurs and griffins to life and makes watching the film a truly magical experience. I would thoroughly recommend this film to all.