John's birthday present was to have a backrow seat, complete with a bottle of bubbles for the first evening session of The Chronicles of Narnia at the Lido.
For those who haven't been to the Lido in Epsom, you should give it a go. Very civilized with wine and little cakes, or coffee if you prefer. Seat size is generous, as is leg room.
So, a quick review of the movie.
I enjoyed it very much. It was lovingly filmed and the children were all excellent, with most of the focus on Lucy, Edmund and Peter. The character of Susan didn't shine out quite as strongly as the other three.
Tilda Swinton as the White Witch did a very nice job of being icy cold, and Liam Neeson as Aslan's voice was a terrific choice of strength and softness. The general CGI wasn't quite as good as that done for LOTR, with the obvious exception of Aslan. He was beautifully rendered.
As John remarked afterwards, it was a nice film and worth going to see. BUT, he wouldn't buy it on DVD. I would agree with his comment.