• Title: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Director: Andrew Adamson
  • Released: 2005

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the first film in a trilogy of adaptations of C.S. Lewis’ well-known and much loved children’s book series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This particular film introduces the 4 Pevensie children, who discover the magical land of Narnia through a wardrobe and meet Aslan and the White Witch. With Aslan, the children embark on an adventure to save Narnia from the evil clutches of the evil White Witch.

As C.S. Lewis professed to be a Christian, and as a Christian myself, it is easy to see Christian beliefs which underpin the story:

  1. The White Witch [The Devil] ruins Aslan’s [God’s] perfected creation of Narnia
  2. The ‘Daughters of Eve’ and ‘Sons of Adam’ are, naturally, Adam and Eve’s descendants
  3. The children [The Human Race] at first beliefs of Narnia and Aslan [God]
  4. Edmund “sins” / betrays Aslan [God]
  5. The White Witch [The Devil] seeks payment of death for Edmund’s “sin”
  6. Aslan [Jesus] takes Edmunds place and dies instead of him, allowing sinners to be forgiven
  7. Aslan [Jesus] rises again
  8. Aslan [God] overcomes The White Witch [The Devil]

I definitely enjoyed this film.

However, Edmund’s irritating contempt for those around him and the jittery Mr Tumnus frustrated me. Young child actors’ performances can be uncomfortable at times too because their deliveries are naturally more childlike, and therefore less professional.

All things considered, I think The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a nice film; there is a good moral message, talking animals and a new fantastical world for the children to explore. A recommended film for all the family.

-Judith

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11 thoughts on “Film Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  1. The references are clear if you’re looking for them, but they are also not so “pushy” that many people can enjoy the film/book and not feel “preached” to, while a good moral message is portrayed. I thought that for years before and after I found out more about C.S. Lewis’ personal beliefs.

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  2. To be fair, Edmund is quite irritating in the book too, but his behaviour is explained a lot better. I can’t really remember the film, but in the book Aslan is Christ and The Emperor is mentioned as God. The Witch is definitely the Devil. There’s a lot more Christian symbolism too, a friend who read my review pointed out that Edmund represents the Prodigal Son which I hadn’t thought of.

    Also, why does the White Witch have polar bears pulling her sledge and not reindeers? Do you think they were ripping off His Dark Materials?

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    1. Perhaps – polar bears also seem are lot more associated with snow and are more vicious I guess? To mirror the White Witch’s evil behaviour? I’ve also heard the interpretation of the Prodigal Son, which I think is a quite clever way of looking it

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  3. The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe has been a favourite of mine since infant school, so probably about 4 years old (the first one I watched was an animated version). I love the world and the characters, everything about it.

    I find the Christian themes interesting as well, I’ve always noticed them however, I like that it isn’t in your face throughout – it’s quite subtle.

    Love reading the book on Christmas Eve though, a tradition of mine!

    Really interesting review! Liked hearing your thoughts!

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