I’ve seen the movie and read lots of reactions to it (some you probably haven’t seen are linked to below). Mine come’s closest to The American Scene’s–”it was fine.”
-The movie is too much an Adventure and not enough a Romance.
-The movie learned the wrong lessons from the Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s trilogy is heroic, epic fantasy of the most unadulterated sort, so it translates well into spectacle on the screen. But the fantasy in Narnia isn’t exactly of that kind. It’s a childlike or domestic fantasy, the kind where a visit from Father Christmas or a cozy, snug beaver’s den are as close to the emotional core of the story as anything else. This does not translate into spectacle very well. Yet that’s what the film gives us. The same scenes are there as in the book, but without the emotional core. (Full disclosure: I didn’t like the first Lord of the Rings movie either, for the same reason. It never got the Shire or Elrond’s Last Homely House.)
-The death and resurrection of Aslan was very moving (full disclosure: this is the first death I’ve seen on film since my daughter died).
-The scene where Aslan first appears and the Narnian host all kneels or bows was also powerful, to me. It gave me a taste of how sweet it will be when ‘every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess.’