The problem is, in my imagination, there was always a lot of blood. I mean, the Narnia books are the Crusades for kids, with extra lashing of middle-Englandness. Ana Mardoll's excellent deconstructions of the books' racism and misogyny and dubious theology have got me thinking about Narnia again and one thing I think Lewis was great at was evoking in-between worlds, half real and half dream. The film, not so much.
This film is a modern epic, nearly two-and-a-half hours of extremely well-paced drama and exposition, gorgeous cinematography (I particularly appreciated the overhead shots and also the motif of obstructed views), appropriately-used CGI alongside truly beautiful costume, & impressive performances by all lead and voice actors. Shouldn't be overlooked for its blockbuster status - does the illustrious source much honor.
I wonderfully fully realized work of art! I had read the book, and this movie just took it to the next level. Not soiling the source, but enhancing it without replacing any of the primary elements. A visual feast, and an acting barrage of greatness through and through. I can watch it again and again.