As a devoted reader of the series of books on which the Narnia films are based, I really wanted to like this movie. I enjoyed the "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," in which the charm, plot, dialogue, and overall atmosphere of the first book were nicely translated to the big screen. In his second venture, the director (Andrew Adamson) apparently thought he could improve on C.S. Lewis. Sigh. The acting talent was there, the big-budget CGI, the visuals; however, the core themes of the book were neglected in favor of splashier action/war sequences that either didn't appear in the book or appeared in vestigial form. Because the underlying themes were underdeveloped, the action scenes lacked emotional weight. This film has been called an attempt to do "LOTR lite" and unfortunately it has that flavor. Even my age-inappropriate crush on William Moseley added insufficient interest. At one point in the movie I had my head propped sideways into my hand, rarely a good sign. Thankfully, Michael Apted is directing "Voyage of the Dawn Treader," so stay tuned for my 2010 review.