Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Happy Catholic on "Why the Lion is Beating the Ape at the Box Office"

Julie D. reviews The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Spoilers Alert! You've been warned!

Here's some of her take: I liked the Queen's point when she told Mr. Tumnus (the faun) that Edmund had betrayed him "for sweeties" which is usually the sort of basic, immediate gratification that it is so easy to be tempted by and give in to on a daily basis.


My vague memories of the story included Aslan's death and resurrection, but they did NOT include the plot point that brought him to that pass. When the Queen said that she was due the death of any traitor I suddenly put it all together and it took my breath away. I mean, Edmund had willingly, knowingly, thoughtlessly betrayed everyone "for sweeties" ... he owed that price. Aslan knew all that and paid the price anyway. Ouch!
She captures the essence of Aslan's role as Christ in a fantastic world. Aslan willingly substitutes himself for Edmund, even though Edmund deserves the Witch's retribution. The audience feels the enormity of Aslan's sacrifice--and grieves with Susan and Lucy as they mourn him.

The film faithfully represents C.S. Lewis' story, even as it retells for the medium of the silver screen. If you haven't seen it already, I have only one question for you:

What are you waiting for?