To start off I should say that I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis’ 7 book Chronicles of Narnia. These are probably the only books that I have read many multiples of times over. Just like Pride and Prejudice I will not tire of this story like I would with others. If the new movie gets people to read the series themselves then I think it will certainly be worth the money I spent bringing my family to see it today.
Andrew Adamson has done a very fine job at capturing the magic of the tale with all the cinematic fantasy that Weta and Industrial Light and Magic can conjure up. The story has, of course, been shot several times before and was even a radio play* but my favourite up to now is the UK Wonderworks version made for TV (1988). The 3-hour 1988 version lacks much of the cine-magic but it does stay closer to the original text than does this new Walden Media/Disney release.
It wouldn’t hurt anyone wanting to know more about the story itself to check out this site. Especially, if you happen to think that these books were written as Christian allegory which I don’t personally buy. And if you really want to delve deep I would recommend Boxen: The Fantasy World of the Young C.S. Lewis (Edited by Walter Hooper. London: Collins, 1985) if you can find it. Hooper also wrote other books on C.S. Lewis and Narnia.
All that being said, I enjoyed this movie adaptation and look forward to seeing others re-done. My favourite of the 7 books, A Horse and His Boy, wasn’t done for the Wonderworks TV series and I really hope that they do it, along with all of the other 6 books they have optioned! It is a wonderful tale and deserves being brought to life!