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Everybody's a critic: 'The Chronicles of Narnia'

Friday, December 16, 2005

A scene from 'The Chronicles of Narnia'
Three stars (out of four)

"The Chronicles of Narnia" tells the story of four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who discover a magical land called Narnia. The children must join forces with the good creatures of Narnia in order to restore freedom to the land. Although slow in the beginning, the movie finally builds to a satisfying, if not surprising, conclusion.

The story contains a number of biblical references and the special effects adequately bring both natural and mythical creatures to life. However, I was most impressed by Tilda Swinton as The White Witch, who makes good on being evil in a memorable performance that makes winter no place for children. Fortunately, Narnia's story has a good message for children and adults.

-- Kevin Skelton

Four stars (out of four)

From the opening scene to the last glimpse, "Narnia" spellbinds you with fantasy and makes you wish it would never end. The characters are so believable, I found myself wishing I could become a part of their world.

Though the snow is beautiful and serene, it represents evil and all its deception.

Because evil is present, good must challenge. Although war is never a good thing, it is necessary in this instance to save Narnia from the evil engulfing it.

Being an animal lover, I fell in love with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, the fox, and of course, Aslan the lion.

As Aslan descends into his own "Garden of Gethsemane" knowing what lay ahead of him and the burden he bears, one is left with a feeling of despair for this beautiful creature.

Visual effects were superb beyond expectations. Good and evil are depicted appropriately and, as hoped, good wins out in the end after many interesting twists and turns.

"Narnia" is a must-see for children of all ages.

-- Marlene Creech, teacher

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