The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Soundtrack
Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
Reviewed by Annia Ortiz
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, is the first of a seven-volume series, The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis. Disney turned this book into their latest film which tells the tale of four siblings, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie during World War II. These four are sent to live with an elderly professor and they come across the wardrobe during a game of hide and seek. Through this magical wardrobe they are taken to the world of Narnia. In Narnia they meet with mystical creatures, animals with speech and the White Witch who has cast a spell of a never-ending winter on Narnia.
While watching this film you canít help but notice its score. It was amazing. It really plays well to the scenes and the characters in the movie and was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams who also worked on other memorable films like Shrek, Shrek 2, Antz, and Chicken Run. It is his third time working with director Andre Adamson who also directed Shrek and Shrek 2. The duo has a tremendous chemistry with one another and it shows in how well the music and the movie work together.
For example, in the beginning of the film the children and their mother are running for cover away from the planes that are dropping bombs and so the music for this scene is more driven with drums and violins, it gives it a feeling of impending doom. For more somber scenes with the children and their mother the composer brings in the pianos to express the emotions between them. The use of flutes and other types of horns also gives the movie a medieval feeling once the children are in Narnia.
The vocals that are interwoven in this film are beautiful and eerie but give it a sense of magic. One of the most memorable vocals comes from Alanis Morrisette who wrote a song for this film entitled Wunderkind. She wrote this song after only watching a few scenes of the movie and captured the essence of the film perfectly, even earning a nomination for a Golden Globe. She really expressed the storyís meaning in her song, which is why I firmly believe she deserves the Golden Globe. The lyrics themselves told a story, about a magical journey.
I am magnet for all kinds of deeper wonderment /I am a wunderkind/And I live the envelope pushed far enough to believe this/I am a princess on the way to my throne/Destined to serve destined to roam
All in all this is a beautiful soundtrack and score; it was a perfect fit for the film. To read a review of the film, go to http://www.g-pop.net/LionWitchWardrobemovie.htm and for a look at the book that inspired the movie, go to http://www.g-pop.net/LionWitchWardrobe.htm.
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