The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005) for Rent on DVD and Blu-ray, Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the film has some sad, scary, and violent scenes for a PG film. The movie begins with a bombing during the Blitz in London. The children are separated from their mother, which could upset some younger audience members. There are other sad scenes where animals die — including principle characters. A friendly fox is chased and caught by a pack of wolves, who also chase the children. A witch yells at a young boy, chains him in prison, and stabs him. She also abuses her servant, stabs her enemies with a sword that turns them to stone, martyrs the lion, and leads troops into battle. The children learn to fight, then engage in hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting; one sister shoots an enemy with an arrow. There is a pitched battle with deaths and grave injuries. While not overt, the movie includes Christian imagery (a martyred, Christlike lion, a rebirth from magic water) and allegorical storylines.
Opening scene of WWII bombing in London; a boy is imprisoned and abused by an evil witch; often-intense (but pretty bloodless) battles involving animals, mythical creatures, and kids. Some severe injuries and deaths. Combatants wield bows and arrows, swords, and spears.
Some inter-sibling name-calling (including “idiot”).
Making the ultimate sacrifice to protect others is a major theme. Trust, redemption, and forgiveness are also vital to the story.
Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
Professor smokes a pipe; a girl is mildly drugged (in her tea), sees hallucinatory images in a fireplace, then falls asleep.
Not an issue
Depends on your kid and your family
Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it
When four London children are sent away to a country home for safety during World War II, they discover a magical wardrobe that leads them to Narnia, a snowy and fantastical land under the spell of an evil witch.,