The film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” was based on C.S. Lewis’ greatly acclaimed novel bearing the same title. It is an extravagant work of fiction. The novel, turned box office hit, belongs to the genre of fantasy. The movie simultaneously mixed both fantasy and reality in two separate worlds. In this movie, both worlds of fantasy and reality were separated through a portal, in this case a wardrobe. I would like to discuss the most important part, the plot, in order for us to gain insight into the movie adaptation of the novel The Chronicles of Narnia. The plot in The Chronicles of Narnia is generally coherent. Almost all of the scenes were relevant although there were some parts that were dragging, like in the early part of the movie, which the movie could have done without or could have just shortened to put more emphasis on scenes that were more important to the understanding, appreciation, and glamour of the film. The audiences could generally draw the idea of the flow of the story and the conflict of the story from the first few parts of the movie, and this helped the audiences look forward to the coming scenes that would eventually reveal the full conflict of the story in detail. The scenes in the movie were all tightly knit despite the emphasis on the less important scenes. The plot within both context of reality and fantasy is probable. The plot is credible because only those actions that coincide with reality were done in real life and those actions that were more fantasy-like were done in the realm of fantasy. There was no coinciding in both worlds, which further justifies that the plot of the movie is probable. The movie was unpredictable. Its plot had sudden twists and turns that kept the audiences guessing what was going to happen next. It had both the element of surprise and suspense incorporated into the storyline. There were some scenes that the audiences were not expecting and some scenes that the audience expected but turned out to be different in the end. Because the movie kept the audiences guessing and kept the audience glued to their seats, the plot of the movie is then considered interesting and therefore kept the audiences from getting bored while watching it.
The important scenes of the movie were given emphasis on but the less important scenes were also given a hefty amount of time. I would understand the director’s intent in emphasizing the less important scenes, and this is in order for the viewers to appreciate the specificity of the novel and in making the movie as a whole because although the scenes weren’t as important, they do play a part in binding the whole movie together, making it understandable and much more appreciated. I would criticize the less emphasis and screen time of the most coveted battle scene. The screen time of the dragging early part of the film should have been given to the war scene in the climax of the film. Even though I haven’t read the novel, I hope the movie adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia receives great approval from the viewers and readers alike. What makes a movie successful and popular is through a very commendable plot. And if the plot is very much approved of, it renders the movie very much enjoyable for people, young and old alike and for those literature enthusiasts, to see. For those who aren’t as enthusiastic about literature, the movie is even more recommendable because upon seeing this movie, they would develop a renewed sense of appreciation for the different works of literature and what it can offer. Box Office hits of movie adaptations of novels like Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings, and the upcoming Da Vinci Code could help increase awareness to other great works of literature.