YMMV / The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The 2005 film does this with the Pevensie children:
    • It's implied that the others think Lucy's stories of Narnia are her way of coping with the trauma of having to be evacuated; creating an adventure for herself to avoid driving herself mad with worry.
    • In the book, Edmund's betrayal of his siblings is said to be due to magic in Jadis's Turkish Delight (although Lewis handwaves at it the end of the book as having all been because of horrible influences at school). The film puts forward the interpretation that it's more due to Peter's Big Brother Bully tendencies, and Jadis is the first person to really show him affection in a long time.
    • Peter and Susan seem more concerned with trying to look like responsible older children, Peter picking on Edmund to keep him in line and Susan scoffing at Lucy's stories. But in doing so they just expose their own immaturity, only behaving how they think adults should act. Both call each other out for this at different points in the film. At times one gets the impression that Lucy is the most sensible one of the children; she displays Wise Beyond Her Years traits and has no problem calling her siblings out, especially in Prince Caspian.
    "I wish you'd all stop trying to act like grown-ups."
  • Angst? What Angst?: In the book, none of the siblings ever miss their parents, or think about what effect their sudden disappearance will have on the rest of their family. Nor do any of them express a wish to go home.
  • Better Than Canon: Susan's status as the Agent Scully in the Walden Media film is widely accepted by fans. Partly because Susan was Out of Focus for the two books she was in, and thus didn't have much of a personality. It also acts as Foreshadowing that she will eventually convince herself that Narnia was All Just a Dream.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Word of God says the book is hypothetical speculation on Christianity if Jesus existed in worlds that were quite different from ours. Of course, most people just thought it was a charming fairy tale.
  • Fair for Its Day: Lewis has taken a lot of flak for his Values Dissonance-laden statement that "battles are ugly when women fight." But other books do show that Susan and Lucy and Jill Pole are capable enough to hold their own in a battle. Even the U.S. Military didn't allow women in combat zones until the 1990s, and not in direct combat at all until 2013. (Technically, anyway; in practice, lack of clear battle zones meant women were fighting anyhow.) Men Are the Expendable Gender, after all. That's not to mention that Jadis is quite the badass herself - as she took control of Narnia entirely on her own and Beruna was practically a Curb-Stomp Battle for her until Aslan showed up.
  • First Installment Wins: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the best-known and most adapted book of the series. It's been adapted four times.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Some signs of it between Jadis and Edmund. Though it goes a little on the Memetic Molester territory since she's an immortal adult and Edmund ....10. Tilda Swinton even flirted with Skandar Keynes between takes to bring some of this out on screen.
    • In the 2005 film there is definite sexual tension between Jadis and Peter in their sword fight. The fight ends with Jadis baring down on top of him, not unlike that of a rapist.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: There's a scene in the 2005 film where Susan apologises to Lucy for not being as much fun as she used to be, and the two sisters bond. It's too bad that in book canon Susan eventually grows apart from her siblings, dismisses Narnia as "childish fantasies" and is left alone when the rest of them die in a train accident.
    • Book wise: Getting to like all the Narnians that the siblings become close to and even friends with becomes depressing when you get to Prince Caspian and learn they all have long passed due to the Narnia Time of the Pevensie leaving Narnia on a hunt by accident.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One Running Gag in the novel is that one should never shut oneself in a wardrobe, because if you do you'll be locked in. Edmund forgets this key piece of advice and does so anyway (although he is able to get out later). When the bloopers for The Movie came out, one of them was Skandar Keynes (who plays Edmund) shutting himself in the wardrobe, and consequently getting locked in.
    • When Edmund complains that it's raining outside, Susan mentions that they have a "wireless" inside to entertain them. At the time the word referred to wireless radio, but now gives off the impression of wireless Internet.
    • Jim Broadbent playing Professor Kirke becomes this after he played Professor Slughorn considering that one of the characters in Harry Potter was named after Professor Kirke.
  • It Was His Sled: Aslan surrenders himself to be killed by the White Witch in the place of Edmund, but comes back to life through The Power of Love.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Edmund, while the White Witch's prisoner. It's during this point that he actually redeems himself.
  • Narm: Quite a lot. (Narm-nya, anyone?)
    • "Oh the cry of the seagulls! Can you remember?"
    • The scene where the Pevensies and the beavers have to escape from the wolves. Mrs Beaver holds them up by insisting on packing loads of ridiculous things. The rest of the characters treat this as a mild annoyance, as if she's going to make them late for a train rather than get them all killed with her Skewed Priorities. Averted in the film, however, where the scene has plenty of urgency.
    • From the BBC Televised Adaptation, Barbara Kellerman is a Large Ham who behaves in a ridiculously over the top manner as Jadis. She responds to a simple question from Edmund with a hilarious Big NO.
    • Peter's use of expressions like "by jove" and "by golly" don't even sound anything other than forced. Probably because they're incredibly outdated expressions that the actors just felt awkward saying.
    • When the Stone Table cracks, Lucy says "they must be doing something worse to him", hops on the spot for a good few seconds and then says "come on!"
  • Narm Charm:
    • The BBC version has a lot of Narm, but it's generally considered endearing because it is still the most faithful adaptation.
    • The Father Christmas scene. Silly? Yes. A little cheesy? Of course. Is it still heartwarming? Absolutely.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Edmund when he first enters Narnia. The prose may lay him out as a Big Brother Bully to Lucy, but he does try to call out to her to admit that he was wrong about doubting her, and worries about her being alone in the winter. He also is shivering in the snow when a beautiful woman in white takes pity on him and shields him from the cold. How was he supposed to know that she was an evil witch and that the food she summoned was a G-Rated Drug, which made him addicted to it and spoiled the taste of ordinary food?
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: All the various fantasy creatures in the climactic battle in the 2005 film are near perfectly rendered.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The choice of actors in the BBC adaptation. Lucy is of course the youngest sibling but is the tallest of them. Meanwhile Peter is the oldest but is played by the shortest actor.
    • On the other hand, Susan's actor is considered a better choice than her actor in the 2005 film by some fans.
  • What an Idiot: In the 2005 film, Susan starts arguing with Peter over whether or not the huge, menacing wolf at the head of the Witch's Secret Police is really their enemy, even agreeing with Maugrim that Peter should drop the sword (that he was given by Father Christmas, of all people). Bonus points for taking this patently ridiculous stance while they're trying to cross a river that's melting under their feet.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Susan gets hit with this a lot, given that she doesn't get to display her archery skills a lot in the story. She tends to get thought of as weak for not being able to fight Maugrim off herself. This ignores the fact that she gets Lucy and herself to safety and manages to sound an alarm to warn the others of the danger. It's possibly for this reason that the second film gives her more to do in battle.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mr. Tumnus, particularly in the movie, where there's an added scene of him meeting Edmund in prison and, despite obviously having been hurt during his stay, is more concerned about Lucy's wellbeing than his own. Not to mention that his petrified body looks like he was either terrified or in a lot of pain, before being frozen.
    • Lucy can count in the initial parts of the book. It's very sad for her when her siblings don't believe her about Narnia, as she's a very truthful girl - and being accused of making something up is one of the most offensive things in the world to her. It gets even worse when Edmund goes in and then pretends it was all a game just to mess with her.
  • Woolseyism: An ad-lib from Georgie Henley - "my mother's name is Helen" - adds a nice bit of symbolism. The Pevensie mother had not been named in the books. But in the film, she now shares the same name as the first Queen of Narnia.

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