"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader." ~ Paulo Coelho

Monday, November 12, 2018

Book vs. Movie Review: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Welcome to the first day of my Blog Costume Party! Today I will be reviewing one of my favorite books. And, this is my favorite costume I have ever had!
Also, I am posting photos from a few years ago and then we were just taking pictures and I didn't consider the possibilities so I had my face uncovered, therefor, I have had to blur these. Sorry about that!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - by C. S. Lewis
"Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny."
A little girl is transported into the magical world of Narnia by going through a wardrobe. At first the snow all around seems beautiful, but the girl learns that it is cursed to always be snowy. It turns out that she and her siblings are who the people of this world have been waiting for, and things turn to war.
Genre: Fantasy.
Characters: 10! I am not being biased, these characters are so amazing!
My favorites:
Everyone! But, if I have to choose the top 5, they would be:
Aslan: So powerful, so kind, so loving.
Lucy: Her faith is just amazing.
Edmund: He is probably the most relatable.
Peter: He has so much responsibility, and he handles it so well.
Susan: "The gentle", and she is!
Mr. Tumnus: Don't we all love him?
Words: 10! 'It was a full moon, and shining on all the snow, it made everything almost as bright as day -- only the shadows were rather confusing.'
Quotes: 10! "Things never happen the same way twice, dear one."
Notes: It is said that C. S. Lewis based the Professor on J. R. R. Tolkien.
Storyline: 10! There is some fighting and death, but the most important thing about the storyline is that it is an allegory, and a beautiful one at that.
Good For: Everyone everywhere. If you haven't read this book please, please, do!
Overall Score: 10!!!!!
Bonus thoughts: Did I mention that this is one of my favorite books?
(I'm sorry that there aren't as many quotes as usual, I couldn't find the sheet I wrote them all down on! The ones you read here are off of memory. Once I finally find the sheet I will update this.)


The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005):
Based on: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - by C.S.Lewis
Lucy finds herself in the world of Narnia after hiding in a wardrobe. She befriends a faun named Mr. Tumnus, and everything seems like it is perfect there, but she soon discovers otherwise. The land is cursed in eternal snow, and it turns out that she and her siblings might be able to help end it.
Genre: Fantasy.
Length: approx. 145 minutes.
Costumes: 9. They are all just perfect!
My favorite: You'll see more on Jadis's later, so I won't say any of those. Well, I like this:
Script: 9.
'"I'm just trying to think logically."
"No, you're trying to be smart, as usual."'
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
Produced by:
Mark Johnson
Phillip Steuer
Screenplay by:
Ann Peacock
Andrew Adamson
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie.
Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie.
William Mosley as Peter Pevensie.
Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie.
Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan.
Tilda Swinton as The White Witch.
James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus.
Ray Winstone as the voice of Mr. Beaver.
Dawn French as the voice of Mrs. Beaver.
Kiran Shah as Ginarrbrik.
Jim Broadbent as Professor Digory Kirke.
James Cosmo as Father Christmas.
Michael Madsen as the voice of Maugrim.
Elizabeth Hawthorne as Mrs. Macready.
Cinematography: 9, look at this!!!
Cinematography by: Donald McAlpine
Music: 10!! I love it! I even listened to part of it while writing this.
Music by: Harry Gregson-Williams
Oscars won: 1: Best Makeup.
Quotes: 10,
'"Besides, we could all use the fresh air."
"It's not like there isn't air inside."'
Notes: Oh my word. This movie has such nostalgia for me. I have nearly cried several times while watching it.
Ah! My heart! I can't even...
Storyline: 8! As I said, there is war so fighting and death, but once again, this has a very powerful allegory.
There are only a few small differences from the book: they added some things, took one or two things out, but really not that much, and it would have all fit in the book. And the actors don't look as the characters are described, but they all play the parts so perfectly that it makes up for it.
Overall Score: 9.5!!
Bonus thoughts: A favorite!

The book wins!

"Bow down for the queen of Narnia!" - Thoughts on the Jadis, the White Witch.

From the book.

Played by Tilda Swinton.
Her preferred title: Her Imperial Majesty, Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands
Jadis is described as 7 feet tall and has skin as white as paper.
She is very greedy as she always wants more and more power. Whatever it takes, she will do it.
She is called the white witch because she cast Narnia into eternal winter. This really worked for my costume because I love snow!!

About my costume:

As I said above, this is my favorite costume I have ever had. And one of the things that is so impressive about it is that we (my mom and I) came up with it pretty much on the spot without any planning. It is kind of a combination of all of Tilda Swinton's outfits. Also, I had a cold that day so I was very pale.

What do you think? Who looks more like the White Witch?

Thank you so much for reading! Come back tomorrow to see who my sisters dress up as!



  1. I love Narnia! I just finished the complete chronicles yesterday. Haven't seen the movie, but want to someday.
    My favourites are Aslan (who does not consider him as one of the top favourites? I mean, he's...he's Aslan!) and Edmund. They are the top two. Though I obviously love Peter and Susan and Lucy too (oh, and Mr Tumnus).
    If I had to choose favourites from all the books together, I'd also put Eustace in and Reepicheep and maybe Jill too, or Caspian, or Puddleglum. Just love everyone!
    Who can dislike Narnia?

    1. Ah! That makes me so happy that you love it!!! The first movie is the best, and the third one is good, but it isn't like the book. The second one... too much fighting. When you see them let me know what you think!
      Yes! Aslan is amazing, you have to love him! Edmund's character arc is so great. :) And of course you have to include the other siblings. From the other books I have to agree with you on all of those! C. S. Lewis's ability to write and make all these characters is amazing!!!
      Yes! I love it! :D

  2. OH MY I love your costume!!!! I forgot completely about your party -- I'm so sorry. Being an adult and working takes so much time haha!
    But I loved reading your post. Narnia is incredible and I admire C.S Lewis and his works so much!

    1. Thank you so much, Kara! You are totally fine, to tell the truth I nearly forgot about it myself, therefore this post went up late at night instead of in the morning. That is so true about life taking so much time!!
      Thanks again! He was an amazing writer and I always enjoy reading his writing!

  3. Awesome costume!!! Yeah, Narnia is a great movie!!-June

  4. I love Narnia. It's funny, because your review came right when I'm planning on introducing my cousins to the movie next week! Needless to say, I'm over the moon about it. The book and movie are both incredible. Also, nice costume! Narnia characters are so fun to dress up as.

    1. <3 It is so amazing! That is really funny! I hope your cousins enjoy it as much as we do! I love introducing the things I love to my friends and family. Thanks! They are so, so, so, much fun! I had a good time.

  5. heehee, I love Narnia to death. I haven't read the books in a while, but I have all three movies now and I love them to pieces. I totally agree with you that the first one is the best :)

    1. Me too! It is so amazing. When you reread them they just get better! I have watched the first and third the most, but if I watch the second more I might like it more. :)

  6. I guessed right! I knew yours would be Narnia. :) But I expected a Lucy or Susan costume. Still, your White Witch costume is cool!!

    1. What can I say, it's my favorite series! It would be fun to dress up as either of them! Though, I don't really have the hair for it, but my sisters do. Thanks! I'm glad you think so!


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