Having read the books, this was one of my favorites. I love the characters, especially Reepicheep. Unfortunately, these can’t be fully captured in a movie time-span. I’d say they did about as good of a job as you can do – as they have with the other movies as well.
However, there’s something missing. I can’t put my finger on it, but it feels somehow shallow. Maybe because it needs to be somewhat kid-friendly (no blood in sword/axe battles) or maybe because of the condensed format. Maybe it’s the age-old problem of book-to-screen adaptation. Not sure.
The books feel patient. The story’s steep in Narnia reality. The movies don’t feel rushed, but that tone is mostly lost.
Will Poulter was spot on as Eustace – super annoying. The highlight of the book, to me, was Aslan and Eustace as a dragon. The movie treatment of that was good, but probably could not capture my imagination of the scene. Again, tough to adapt something describing pain like that.
Overall, this is a good movie and so far my favorite. They did many things right and while I want to judge it on it’s own merits, I can’t help but have expectations from the book (and my imagination). Since I feel I’ve beaten that horse sufficiently, I want to make sure to point out that the movie is really good. While the acting, effects, pace, etc. are all right on, it only suffers from the limitations of the medium. I’d be curious to hear from someone who hadn’t read the books.
I give it 3.5 Babbles