I got to see the first installment of the new Chronicles of Narnia films and was thoroughly impressed. I don’t have time to write a full review, but I will say that it was very well done and while quite different from LOTR, it seemed to have the same spirit of taking the myth seriously and depicting the author’s imaginary world on film in a respectful yet creative manner (the biggie for me is that the talking animals of C.S. Lewis actually seemed believable and not silly and hokey as I feared they would be)
I also thought the kids were perfect for the role and looked just as I imagined they would look when I first read the books back in 5th grade.
Also here’s Rober Ebert’s take on it as well as the reviews of a bunch of others on rottentomatoes.com