The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
The real kicker for me was the little epilogue at the end, and the dialogue between the Professor and Lucy. The final image of the light peeking out and Aslan roaring made me literally weep for joy, and left me with the sense of awe I needed. If only the staging of this scene was better planned so more people could have seen it! By the time it came on screen, most of the audience had left. They should have had the Professor say, "Try me"....pause, fade to black, then fade in to that scene. THEN roll the credits. I've often joked about re-editing the original Star Wars trilogy to make the "Ken Edition" where I could have control over the changes I liked and didn't like. Perhaps I can do the same thing to the ending of this film.
Anyway, I thought the script was well-done, the characters developed well and the effects were fantastic, of course. Overall, flaws aside, it did what it should have. It re-affirmed my faith and belief in the great story behind all stories, and made me appreciate this world as a brief prelude to the magnificent world to come!
Another thing I want to point out is how much I appreciated the inclusion of opening up the film by setting it in the context of World War II, so that the history of this real war may be explained to children in a fantasy context they can relate to. The Pevensie children are sent away to the country to avoid the war, but instead they become engrossed in a war of their own. The real war taking place is theirs, too. I read an interview with Tilda Swinton and she remarked that she decided to play the White Witch as an Aryan Nazi. This puts the horror of the real war in perspective for the children and reminds us what we fought against when that happened. The Nazis were out to destroy the very race from which Jesus was a part of, thus it was another desperate attempt by the powers of darkness to destroy Christianity. Narnia reminds us that there is now, and has been in the past, a real war being fought, and that is worth remembering.
C.S. Lewis said that we, as fallen humans, need to be constantly reminded of what we believe. For that reason, I think he would have approved of this film, as a reminder, and a way to draw us back to his words, and hopefully the Word become flesh for us.