i didn't grow up on the books (i read it just a few days before i saw the movie), so i held no nostalgic bias. but i loved everything about the first narnia movie: the casting all around, the battle at the end, aslan, santa claus, and the beavers. especially the beavers, although i'm not fully sure why.
last night we were at the midnight:05 showing for prince caspian, the second entry in the filmic series. it's been one of the movies i'm most looking forward to this summer, since the first was so darn good and last night did not disappoint. it was everything i wanted it to be and then some: as good as the first, and sometimes better.
and it seems that everyone felt it was as good as the first, although bear in mind that everyone has differing opinions about just how good the first movie is.
this morning i perused the review websites, hoping to see praises galore for the movie. i was a little disappointed to see moderately positive reviews, citing the films flaws but saying it's generally pretty good. as i read them, i usually agreed with the stated weaknesses (it doesn't have the character depth of lord of the rings). nevertheless, for me, i dare say it will be on my top 5 movies of 2008.
go check it out. it's oh so good.
and if you have young ones, keep in mind that it's got some pretty hefty fight scenes. like the first movie, the battles aren't bloody, but they're tough enough to make you feel that it's a dangerous place.