Who will save Narnia at the movies?

For several years now the wonders of hollywood and computer-graphics have been harnessed with remarkable creativity to bring C. S. Lewis’s Narnia Tales to the world of the popular theater. A worthy undertaking! I wish yet wonder if we shall ever see a new episode. There is, however, and in my opinion, a problem. With each production in the series the movies have gotten farther and farther afield from the true spirit and wisdom of C. S. Lewis’s original stories. Lewis was a remarkable apologist for an orthodox Christian view of the world, what is wrong with it (us) and how it (we) can be set right. But the theatrical adaptations of Lewis’s fantasy world of Narnia have increasingly avoided the more difficult and incisive insights of their source both in Lewis and in his biblical and Christian sources. This became especially clear with the recent production by Walden Media of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. If you would like to read an indepth article on this subject, with insights drawn from Lewis’s other writings, see my article on Narnia at the Movies

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2 thoughts on “Who will save Narnia at the movies?

  1. Thanks for the link to the article. In God’s grace, hopefully the pros will outweigh the cons when it is all finished. I have to confess that although I am praying for greater fidelity to the texts, I have been enjoying the films!

    • Good morning Rob, I infer that you may be a chaplain. I visited your Website at WordPress and was glad to see a kindred spirit exploring the treasures of the Christian calendar, as well as things related to Lewis and the Inklings. And thanks for your appreciation of my article on the Dawn Treader film. I wouldn’t want to take away any of the enjoyment that anyone receives from watching any of the Narnia movies; but, as the article says, I found myself fairly disappointed after watching DT with what was left out by the Walden production, and the way things got recast in terms not at all true to Lewis. I hope we may have occasion to keep up with each other from time time. Blessings to you as we begin this lenten season of cleaning house! Craig

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