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C. S. Lewis in the Movies

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Finally, I was able to watch the movie! It was shown a couple of times on cable just before Christmas but I wasn’t able to see it then. It was during the Christmas break that I was able to see movie in an “8-in-1″ (eight movies in just one disk) DVD that I acquired.

I haven’t read the C. S. Lewis book on which the movie was based. Perhaps now that it is no longer associated with the movie’s first showing, I ‘d be able to acquire it too at a cheaper price than it had when the movie was first advertised. It is a great tale even when considered apart from the religious symbolisms the story contains (e.g. the Resurrection of Aslan, the allussions to the Children of Adam of Eve, healing water, etc.).

Knowing how long tales can be very complicated when transformed into a movie, the editing of “The Cronicles of Narnia” was done well. Compared to “The Lord of the Rings” the story line of “Narnia” looked simple and well drawn. The tale as it appears in the movie can be divided into four parts:

  1. From the World War to the Entrance of the Four Children to Narnia Through The Wardrobe
  2. From the Discovery of the Witch’s Plot against the Children to the Meeting with Aslan
  3. From The Restoration of Edmund to The Battle for Narnia
  4. The Conclusion: The Return Through The Wardrobe

On the surface the tale is about four children who were spirited from a war only to find themselves involved in another war that involved a prophecy, goodl and evil and a kingdom filled with fantastic creatures where animals and fairy land characters talk and human beings are considered “mythical”. In the story, Father Christmas makes a “cameo appearance”. The Snow Queen who is the character of another fairy tale appears as the Witch of Narnia. And against her stands the figure of a Lion, figure of strength, majesty and wisdom who, at one point in the story, even goes to his death, as meek as a lamb. Was C. S. Lewis making a direct allussion to the Lion of Judah, here? Perhaps. But given the character choices for the tale, a Lion would be a good choice for a king-figure, don’t you think?

If one would “read” the tale as a “Christian” story, it wouldn’t be difficult to point out the following elements:

  1. The idea of trust in the testimony of one who has experienced a different world
  2. “sin” as the breaking of fellowship, a betrayal of trust; reconciliation as a return to fellowship (here, the figure of Edmund is highlighted)
  3. Sacrifice as the “substitution” of one blameless for one who was a traitor and deserved death. (Here, the sacrifice of Aslan is obviously an allussion to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. A Christian wouldn’t miss it.)

As in the case of the Lord of the Rings, “Narnia” wouldn’t have come out beautifully on film without the help of present computer technology. It was an interesting movie and a great story..

Originally posted 2007-02-01 22:29:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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