The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Four kids, for kids, forked ids.
This is a big story, condensed into two hours of runtime, so understandably there are some big leaps. Still, as a kid’s film, it could be much worse. It’s not so safe that is boring, but it doesn’t turn into a magnificient work of art either.
The kids do their jobs to the best of their ability, but Tilda Swinton makes for a great villain, someone scary but also alluring.
The main reason I think this failed to be the next Harry Potter was that it is too old-fashioned to gain mass appeal, and too British. There is just too many tea cups. Even in a fantasy world as Narnia, the first thing Tumnus offers Lucy is a cup of tea.