5 Fantasy Movie Adaptation No One Liked

4. The Chronicles Of Narnia

Eragon Movie
20th Century Studios

A film adaptation of C S Lewis's classic books had been a long time coming, partly because the filmmakers were waiting for the technology to catch up with the idea so they could do justice to the world of Narnia.

In 2005 Disney and Walden Media released the first film in the franchise, The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe. It actually got the series off to a good start; it was a hit with fans and critics, a box office success and even managed to grab an Oscar in the process. It was with the second film, Prince Caspian, that things began to go downhill.

The first big problem is that films take a while to make, so the child actors of the first movie soon became teenagers and the filmmakers tried to compensate for this by making the film for an older audience, in doing so they lost most of the magic of C S Lewis's world.

They also tried to make the movie a more Lord of the Rings style epic, with huge battles and tons of special effects, which made the film too heavy to be supported by the source material.

By the time of the third film, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, Disney had quit and been replaced by Fox, and it seemed that the studio had given up trying to make a credible adaptation and just threw every fantasy trope at the movie to try and make it profitable.

As standalone fantasy movies they aren't too bad, but as adaptations of a hugely popular book series they don't hold up well.

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