The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe : 5 of 5
I'm so excited that Disney snatched up this great series of stories, which I read so long ago that I can barely remember what happens! I've read lots of CS Lewis, but these stories are unique because they can be enjoyed purely as thrilling adventure fairy tales (if you want to enjoy the Christian metaphors in the story, that's up to you). To start the saga, two brothers and two sisters discover an entire fantasy world by stepping through an old wardrobe (the transition from brushing up against coats and then snow-covered tree branches is really cool). There are fantastic creatures everywhere, from fawns to centaurs, as well as talking animals, such as beavers and horses. Of course, there's a magnificent talking lion, too - Aslan is a CG wonder, and he looks so fantastic and full of emotion. The child actors do a pretty good job, especially Lucy, who is just adorable and definitely the most believable of the bunch. The White Witch is exceptionally creepy, too! There are some excellent battle scenes, and of course a big coronation ceremony to swell your heart. The music is good, too - it seems like they were definitely trying for that ethereal Enya sound from Lord of the Rings, but who can blame them? I'm really looking forward to the next films in the series, and now I want to re-read the books!