Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Finally, CS Lewis' masterpiece of children's literature, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has arrived on the silver screen. Though the movie version was suffused with moments of sublime beauty, it lacks for sake of too much detail. Following Peter Jackson's precident set by The Return of the King, director Andrew Adamson includes too much minutiae, creating a plodding film that only begins to pick up speed at the climactic battle scene.

The best part of the movie is the young actress Georgie Henley who plays little Lucy Pevensie. She embodies the innocence and wonder of childhood. When she stumbles through fur coats in the wardrobe into Narnia, one can only gasp in unreserved delight. Skandar Keynes, who plays Edmund, is another delight. He is such the middle child--angry, resentful, even traitorous. Yet, he is tinged with sweetness. When he bites into that first piece of Turkish delight, a thrill shivers run through you for the innocence the boy is about to throw away.

While the movie is worth seeing, once again, read the book for to experience the magic of Narnia.