I have been a fan of these books since I was Six years old. C.S. Lewis is one of my heroes and someone I take great interest in. This film is a very effective adaptation. Now with that out of the way. How does this hold up as a stand alone film? Short answer: Fantastically. Long answer, a very good color format, the CG works very well, and the story is cinematic. If you do not know the story here is a spoiler free nutshell version. During the London biltzes of 1941 four children are sent out to the countryside to be safe (a historically accurate fact also seen as a literary device for Disney's "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"). While in the countryside the youngest of the children, a girl named Lucy discovers a wardrobe that transports them to the magical world of Narnia. While in Narnia, Lucy and her siblings must fight the evil white witch and free the land of Narnia from her influence. If none of this has sold you on the movie, this has my favorite score EVER MADE.. The soundscape for this film is one of the most amazing, emotional scores ever made. DO NOT GO WITHOUT THIS FILM IN YOUR LIBRARY.