I saw The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe this weekend. High production values created a solid film. I have my quibbles, but they’re just quibbles.
What struck me most about the movie was that it could have been made five years ago. The technology certainly existed then. Narnia presented no particular technical challenges beyond those faced in, say, The Fellowship of the Ring (though it certainly benefitted from the problems worked out in the Rings films).
So why wasn’t Narnia made five years ago? Because the right people didn’t have faith in it then. They had to see a successful,
All it took was faith.