I can still remember the first time I saw the very first Narnia film. Likely this memory is implanted because I saw it with a larger group of people, but still, it’s a good memory. Another part of this is because the film makes quite the impression on me. It’s majestic and impressive, but also has a surprising and “quiet” nature that shouldn’t be ignored. Today is a celebratory day as we publish a second installment in our ‘Disney anniversary’ series and this time we remember The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 15 years later (!!).
Based on the best-selling novel by C.S. Lewis, this is a story about four siblings who, after being sent to the safety of the country during WWII, discover a magical wardrobe in the country estate where they live. On the other side of that door, they uncover a magical land of dwarfs, witches and a magnificent lion. To mark this fifteen year anniversary, I wanted to share some of the best things and memories I have of this film.
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, 15 YEARS LATER
This novel, which is the same title as the film, is a kind of allegory tale that harkens to Christianity. It’s powerful and beautiful.
2: [AS AN] ADAPTATION
I remember reading this first novel in the epic 7-book fantasy with my family (in anticipation of seeing this) and being in awe. It was so good and such an immersive story. Looking back I’m pretty impressed that I actually enjoyed this novel since I’m not a fantasy fiction reader. Needless to say seeing everything come to life on the big screen was just as, if not more, impressive as the novel.
Who doesn’t like the mighty Aslan? Of course, he’s made more so by the deep vocal talents of Liam Neeson.
The imagery of this film is, unarguably, just so… majestic. Is that the word?
I have zero idea what the technical terms are, but that way the filmmakers frame Lucy’s first glimpse of Narnia is, subtle yes, but so beautiful. I love how the pine braches, all covered in glistening snow, perfectly frame her face.
I say this time and again, but I admire Lucy as a character. Yes, she’s a child, but she’s also one of the most faithful characters I’ve met. Her faith is so pure and honest, and it just feels right.
This basically goes with the whole “imagery” bit, but really, this wondrous land (fiction or not) deserves a heading all its own. It’s full of wonder, and I think we often forget to view life, nature, with this lens.
There are multiple layers to this story, but one of them is the redemption angle that mostly applies to one character, and therefore shows us how our own lives can be redeemed by the Savior.
I’m not one who pays much attention to film soundtracks (weird since I do love music), but here it’s really a part of the story, ingrained in perfect harmony. It’s powerful, emotional and just all around magnificent.
IN CONCLUSION this film is about choices, and their consequences. It’s about faith and courage. There’s lessons galore in addition to this being a, simply put, stunning film production.
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Now, it’s over to you. What do you like or dislike about this film? Have you seen ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ or read the books? What’s your favorite moment? Comment all of your thoughts down below.
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