This movie has been made with loving attention to detail. It isn't often I walk out of a movie adaptation of a book and think, "That was spot on", but this movie is it.
For those viewers who haven't read the book, it stands up as a children's fantasy adventure movie, for the fans of the books it is the story brought to life. The children chosen were talented and British (thank God!), the scenery was spectacular, and the special effects were kept nicely reined in. The also took the time to nicely set the scene in which the story takes place, which is something most of the animated version didn't bother to do. They even had a realistic 19th Century gas lamppost.
The only two things that struck me was that the lamppost was at the start of the movie in a conifer forest, and at the end of the movie in a deciduous forest. And the fawn legs looked, well odd. I will need to watch it on Dvd I think to get a better feel of why. It might just be that goat legs on a human torso is odd. But having seen the movie just the once, my first impression is that the movement of the legs didn't always match the movement of the upperbody.
Anyway, odd fawn legs aside, I rate this movie 9/10.