The Christmas movie countdown is our way of sharing the movies that get us in the festive mood, every day until xmas (kinda like an advent calender, minus the chocolate, sorry)
The Chronicles of Narnia is not only one of my favourite book series, but also some of my most loved movies. I’ll never forget the first time I seen The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe on the big screen, on a school trip where my friends hadn’t saved me a seat so I ended up on a row by myself with the weirdest/quietest boy in my class who narrated the battle scenes in great detail. Something makes me feel so warm inside when Lucy first meets Mr Tumnus and when the Pevensie children first step out together in Narnia adorned with hefty fur coats and a gorgeous backing track.
The story, adapted from the book by C.S Lewis follows the story of the Pevensie children and their adventures in the magical land of Narnia which they discover by walking through a wardrobe in the house of Professor Kirke, their guardian after they are evacuated from their homes during WW2. In Narnia they discover many creatures, good and bad, one of which is Jadis, The White Witch of Narnia who will stop at nothing to claim Narnia as her own and keep the land in a constant state of winter. To stop Jadis, the Pevensie children must take their rightful place alongside Aslan, a talking lion and the true ruler of Narnia to fight for what is rightfully theirs.
With such a stellar cast on board including Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton and James McAvoy the film earned a relatively good box office success, an Oscar for achievement in makeup and two follow on films in the shape of 2008’s Prince Caspian and 2010’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with more films currently listed as ‘in development’.
DOES IT PASS THE BECHDEL TEST?
YES!! Susan Pevensie was the original girl with the bow and arrow (move over Katniss!) and Lucy Pevensie is as courageous as they come, with evil taking a new form in Jadis. Although the representation of POC in this movie sucks, the women of the film offer well-rounded and multifaceted characters we love, or in Jadis’ case, hate.