I wasn't a huge fan of Lewis to begin with, but I do remember The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe and A Horse and His Boy fondly from when I was a child. I can still read both and enjoy them (I own them in both English and Japanese). That said, the books don't hold up all that well for adult audiences. They've got paperthin characters, a fairly flat world drawn entirely from material apropriated elsewhere and a lot of preachiness in the later volumes.
Adamson doesn't help. He's as courageous as a wet paper bag... and the first film reeked of Disney plasticity. Backgrounds were clearly bluescreen, ice looked like styrofoam, children in icey water didn't even have white breath or blue lips during or after their dip ~_~; It's obvious that it was done quickly by the person who would do the most "commercial" job, not necesarily the most interesting.
Lucy is adorable and I want to squish her... but the other kids are pretty unpersonable.
These movies feel wrong as "epics"... the stories are so small and obviously meant to play out in the imaginations of children. The additions of 40 minute long LotR style battles do them no service.
Not excited about this.
Dissappointed by the Golden Compass reviews, sure I'll be dissapointed by the movie (for a lot of same reasons I didn't like LtWatW)... unless it makes 200 mil in the next 5 weeks, we probably won't see Knife or Spyglass (a shame... since even those who gave the film poor reviews seemed intrigued enough to want a sequel)
Lord of the Rings is over.
Harry Potter's winding down (and we all already know how it ends).
Eragon sucked harder than the books... and the books SUCKED.
Is the fantasy boom over?