I finally got around to watching Narnia. Was it worth the wait?
I have to say that I was disappointed. It was given the Lord of the Rings treatment and turned into a cinema blockbuster, but I think this was a mistake. The book is a smaller, less complex opus than TLOR - it can easily be read in an afternoon. It is much more a domestic story that doesn't need the opening out to the plains and mountains of New Zealand. The BBC made a television version of it some years ago that in many ways was better, though I couldn't really enthuse about that. Much better to read the book.
To get down to specifics. First, the music was too loud for the speech - and with CS Lewis the words are important. Second, the acting was nothing to write home about. On the whole the children were adequate - Lucy a bit more than adequate, Peter a bit less. Tilda Swinton, who got rave reviews, was, in my view, poor as the White Witch. She was neither frightening nor evil - just some second rate crook with a stick that turned people into statues. Mr Tumnus was good, but the beavers didn't really work and although Aslan was well visualized he never captured the essence of being 'good, but not safe'. Third, the CGI was OK, but after TLOR rather commonplace.
Of course you can't extinguish the wonderful story, even with a below par film. In the BBC series it all went rather downhill for the later books and I don't hold out too much hope for the other six in the manifetation. I would predict that they don't all get made.
But don't let me put you off reading CS Lewis. Try 'Out of the Silent Planet', 'A Gruef Observed' and 'The Problem of Pain'.