When the Pevensie family are evacuated out to the country, they are unaware of the adventure they will encounter. During a game of hide and seek, the youngest daughter, Lucy (Henley) discovers a wardrobe which transports her to the land of Narnia. Covered in snow, Narnia is full of weird and wonderful creatures, but is watched over by the evil White Witch, Jadis (Swinton). When all four Pevensie children end up through the wardrobe, they discover that it was meant to be, as two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam must join with the mighty lion, Aslan (Neeson) to defeat the evil White Witch.
|nudity||4/10 An older sibling girl is shown wearing a long skirt throughout the film. The White Witch wears a long snow-white gown that is slightly revealing. White Witch gets uncomfortably close to Edmond in one scene. The faun, minotaurs, and centaurs are all shirtless, but no nudity is ever present.|
|violence||6/10 The movie begins by dramatizing a depiction of the German attack. We see a plane crash in flames. Bombers loom overhead and loud explosions roar in the background as the children run for cover. Edmund and Peter are knocked over by the force of one blast. The film concludes with a grand battle featuring armies of animals and mythological creatures. Minotaurs, centaurs, unicorns, cyclopes and giants run headlong into each other. (No blood or gore is shown in any of these sequences.) Volleys of arrows are fired, and Susan fells a malicious dwarf with one well-aimed shot. Swords and lances do their damage. Giants swing their clubs. And Edmund is stabbed with a broken spear. Griffins dive-bomb the White Witch's army with giant boulders. A charging rhino bowls over enemy forces and tosses one creature into the air with its horn. In between those "modern" and "ancient" battles, Peter, Susan, Lucy and the Beavers are pursued through a tunnel by a pack of wolves, who at another time catch the fox and threaten to kill him. The children also cross a frozen river as the ice breaks beneath their feet and as a frozen waterfall begins to thaw and collapse above them. They are eventually cornered by the wolves, and they wind up falling into the raging torrent and being swept downstream. Later, Peter kills a wolf with his sword. (Again, no blood is seen, even though Aslan tells Peter to clean his blade.) Some of Aslan's soldiers attack the White Witch's encampment to free Edmund, swinging swords as the Witch's henchmen fight back. Ginarrbrik, the White Witch's evil dwarf, tackles Edmund and holds a knife to his throat. The Witch slaps Edmund, and Ginarrbrik raps him over the head with a pike. Characters grimace in pain as the White Witch turns them to stone. At the Stone Table, Aslan is physically abused, shaved and tied up. The White Witch then stands over him with a spear and plunges it downward. (This blow, as is the case throughout the film, makes impact offscreen; we see Aslan's eyes go wide in pain as he absorbs the fatal wound.)|
|profanity||1/10 Mr. Beaver says "blimey" and calls Edmund a "cheeky blighter."|
|alcohol||1/10 The professor smokes a pipe.|
|frightening||6/10 When the children and the Beavers are on the run, they are one point pursued by a sled that seems to be the White Witch's. They hide and Mr. Beaver ventures out to have a look. After a tense period of silence, Mr. Beaver happily returns to tell the children to come out; the driver of that sled is actually Father Christmas/Santa Claus who is able to enter Narnia again and he has presents for everyone. In the scene where Aslan is led to execution by the White Witch, many terrifying-looking creatures cackle around and mock him; the scene ends in Aslan's temporary death and is pretty intense and may frighten young children. There are a few scenes with the White Witch that especially young children might find frightening; one in particular is a scene in which we see the faun stand in defiance of the witch; for that, she turns him to stone, with a look of fear frozen on his face - this is a somewhat startling moment in the film which might scare younger children. The White Witch is mauled by Aslan off-screen. After the White Witch is killed, you see the faun that was turned to stone watching the children becoming kings and queens, which won't make it so hard on young kids in the scene. The "Frozen River" sequence can be very frightening, since the ice is breaking apart. The waterfall is also breaking free of its hundred-year ice prison, and this scene is also where the wolves' catch up with the children just before the waterfall breaks free. The scene where Edmund is stabbed by the White Witch is pretty shocking and intense. The ending is quite sad, yet uplifting. 18/50 10+|