The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Netflix

In 1940, four children travel through the back of a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of the mystical lion, Aslan.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1967-07-09

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Netflix

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 British-American high fantasy film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published and second chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's children's epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. It was co-produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley play Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, four British children evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside, who find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia. There they ally with the Lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) against the forces of Jadis, the White Witch (Tilda Swinton). The film was released on December 9, 2005, in both Europe and North America to positive reviews and was highly successful at the box office grossing more than $745 million worldwide, making it 2005's third most successful film. It won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Makeup and various other awards. An Extended Edition was released on December 12, 2006, and was only made available on DVD until January 31, 2007, when it was discontinued. It was the best selling DVD in North America in 2006 taking in $332.7 million that year. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first of three adaptations of C. S. Lewis' series thus far released, and was followed by Prince Caspian in 2008 and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. The three films have grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide among them.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Critical reception - Netflix

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 76% based on 209 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, “With first-rate special effects and compelling storytelling, this adaptation stays faithful to its source material and will please moviegoers of all ages.” On Metacritic the film holds an average weighted score of 75 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film a rare “A+” grade. Critic Roger Ebert also gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. Ebert and Roeper gave the movie “Two Thumbs Up”. Movie critic Leonard Maltin gave the film 3 out of four stars, calling it, “an impressive and worthwhile family film,” though he also said, “it does go on a bit and the special effects are extremely variable.” Duane Dudak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gave the movie 3 out of 4 stars. Stuart Klawans of The Nation said, “All ticket buyers will get their money's worth.” Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News gave it 4 out of 4 stars and said: “A generation-spanning journey that feels both comfortingly familiar and excitingly original.” Critic Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle listed it as the second best film of the year. Kit Bowen gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. However, John Anderson from Newsday, reacted negatively to the film, stating, “…there's a deliberateness, a fastidiousness and a lack of daring and vision that marks the entire operation.”

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