I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get this done. Life’s been a whirlwind of activity. I thought that with the school year starting life would slow down, but it seems to have gotten busier.
Anywho, down to business. I love The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe book and movie (mostly because it stays really close to the book).
Here’s the plot (for any who may not have have read or seen it): Four children are sent to live with Professor Digory whilst WWII is raging. While there, the children discover a secret world behind the doors of a wardrobe. Within this strange world live centaurs, talking animals, dwarves, eavesdropping trees, and the White Witch, who rules it all with a never ending winter. Upon their entrance a prophecy begins to unfold, and with it tales of a Lion who will end winter and the Witch’s reign. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy must decide between staying in Narnia and helping fulfill the prophecy of the four thrones of Cair Paravel, and going back to safety through the doors of the wardrobe.
Reasons I love it:
#1. The wardrobe itself and it’s origin. Plus, they’re in Professor Digory’s house!
#2. Adam and Eve, sorry- Frank and `Helen have long since gone on and now the story of Christ’s redemption of mankind begins (allegorically- is that even a word?- speaking).
#3. Edmund. He shows how temptation can overthrow one’s conscience and lead one to sin. Perhaps my favorite part in this is how Edmund apologized and Aslan gave himself as a sacrifice for him.
#4. Mr. Tumnus.
#5. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. I absolutely loved their conversations, especially while everything else is in complete chaos.
#6. The Stone Table broken in two. It does seem to bear resemblance to the veil in the Bible being torn in two.
#7. Aslan coming back to life also seems to resemble something else I read in the Bible…maybe Matthew 28.
#8. Becoming kings and queens of Narnia and thus fulfilling the prophecy.
#9. The whole time in earth vs. time in Narnia thing.
#10. Okay, so maybe my favorite favorite part is the Hunting of the White Stag. Most especially when they come upon the ‘tree of iron’.
There’s really nothing I don’t like about like for this book, I give it a solid five books. Now for the movie…
#1. They threw a lot more wit into the movie, which I really enjoyed (What is a movie without wit?).
#2. The actors actually looked a lot like I would have imagined the characters to. That rarely happens in a book-to-movie adaption. Except the ending when they’re all grown up- I did not see that coming (of course, I guess you’re bound to look different when you’re grown up).
#3. You can’t help liking Edmund despite all he’s done.
#4. There aren’t any bad words! leastways, not that I can remember (I haven’t watched it in awhile).
#5. I also loved the music score.
This book is for all ages, maybe 12+ for the movie as it might be more tense for younger children. In our house we normally skip the sacrifice/creepy goblins scene. 🙂
Next up, The Horse And His Boy.
You shouldn’t need clearplay for this movie. Here’s the trailer. Sorry about the video quality, this was the best trailer I could find. 🙂