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