Yes, we were one of those families yesterday. The movie "Prince Caspian" opened yesterday and I was there with my 4 kids, my parents, brother & sister-in-law and nephew for the first showing of the day. Luckily, the movie started on a Friday morning so there was only 1 other family in the theater.
My kids LOVED this movie!! We saw the first one last year . We all loved it and now own it. From the first advertisement my kids have seen of this one, they have been looking forward to it.
My parents own the entire collection of the Chronicles of Narnia and they often read the stories to their grandchildren. I remember well my dad reading these very same stories to me. I remember the imagination it ignited in us kids and the moral story it conveyed.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was the first movie that I saw true emotion from my kids at a movie. They cried, they clapped and cheered, it was great! They also left the theater with an understanding of the underlying message. My then 5 year old said, "that's just like when Jesus died on the cross".
The nature of the movie is very intense which was my concern with the first and second movie. My children are very sensitive to movies and have had nightmares in the past. I was actually pleased that the second was even less graphic than the first. They were very careful to show all the battle scenes but to omit most of the actual killing.
What's more, my 3 year old stayed interested and not scared for the entire 2 hours and 20 minutes! He asked me questions every scene, but that was o.k. with me. He cheered on the lead characters through each dire moment.
This is a classic story and one that is very nostalgic for me. I give it a huge 2 thumbs up!!