THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE was bound to be the start of a whole series of films. In other words, as part of the title is "The Chronicles of Narnia", Disney is going to base a bunch of films on C.S. Lewis's classic saga.
Yes, I said Disney, and in case it is not clear yet, my belief is that Walt Disney's recent motive is to screw up all sorts of what could be good and create an awful film out of it. (Look at what they did to the Herbie series in the new millennium!) But I'd truly have to say that THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE is one of the studio's most fantastic pieces of artwork since THE LION KING.
The best thing about this faithful adaptation is the scenery. Whether it be winter or spring, Narnia is a beautiful land that was colorfully designed by such an artist--please stand up, whoever you are; you deserve an award. Even the battle scenes are gorgeous: though quite violent for a Disney film (not meant as an insult, just a fact), those scenes may just be even more magnificent than the scenes without violence. We see green plains and all in sometimes slow-motion, otherwise fast-paced action, and it is so well-done.
The one thing that irks me about this film, though, is that when I read the source novel (before it came out, obviously), I imagined the characters much, much differently than they were cast. I imagined Lucy to look a little older and talk in a much less shrill voice, for a major discrepancy. Also, I (for whatever reason) imagined that Susan was fat, and that Edmund was taller than Peter. Just saying.
So aside from my odd disappointment, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE was a great film. It still has Aslan, in a way, portraying Jesus in a metaphorical way (as C.S. Lewis is a Christian author); and it keeps the book's sum-up statement: Curiosity killed the cat. (Or the Lucy, in this case.)