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The trailer for the upcoming Narnia movie is now available. I watched it and cried like a baby — much as the recent LOTR trilogy seemed to hit the right resonant cord with my personal visualzations of the books, this trailer does the same thing.

Speaking of crying, there was a wonderful cartoon of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” in 1979. I saw it in TV, watched it with my girlfriend in the social room of her sorority house. I cried when Aslan resurrected. Not the coolest thing for a college guy surrounded by good looking women, but I lived to tell the tale. I started thinking about that when the tears came while I was watching the trailer, and it gave me a thought.

In my opinion, Aslan is the best literary metaphor for Christ ever. The reason is the fantastic ways in which Lewis described the great lion. I think of all the times Lewis juxtaposed the love and fear of the lion. “Beautiful, but terrifying,” is the phrase that comes to mind. As I think about it, it is impossible to depict that sort of thing. I cried when I watched the cartoon not because I thought the Lord had risen, which I did when I read the book, but because I shared the joy of the kids at his appearance.

Aslan figures prominently in the trailer, which is good. However, I am preparing myself for the fact that I will not think him holy as I do when I read the books, because I am not sure you can depict holiness. I did not think the Christ in “The Passion” was holy either. I am trying to develop a mindset that allows me to enjoy the movie in the same way I enjoyed LOTR — a great depiction of a story I love. The trailer sure does excite me.

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  • That is a great trailer. I am not terribly familiar with the tale, but I will be there when this film hits!

  • This definitely has great potential. Thanks for the spoiler warning, btw. There *might* actually be people (like Chris B) who didn’t expect the mild surprise. 🙂

  • It’s a great trailer. I thought for thirty seconds it was another Lemony Snicket thing and then was pleasantly surprised to see childhood friends spring to life. It does have a grand LOTR feel to it — I hope the film can live up to the trailer.

    Although I don’t know that much about it, I believe CS Lewis was more overt with his Catholic symbolism than was Tolkien. The two were friends, by the way, and there’s a nice bit about them buried in one of the LOTR DVD features.

  • By the way, John: I know you’re excited about the film, but please try and title your post in a more descriptive manner… something along the lines perhaps of:

    Narnia is Coming to the Screen: Wow!

    Or whatever. Just so that other people can get a read on what you’re piece is about.


  • EricB, CS Lewis was Anglican, not Catholic – one of the main falling-outs between JRR and him.

  • Thanks Aaman, of course!

    All thanks to Henry the VIII and his voracious appetites (ha ha…).

  • I don’t know that I would describe it as a falling-out. Lewis was an Anglican, and Toklein did try to get him to be received into the RCC, yes. But Lewis’ resistance wasn’t much of an issue. His doctrine was remarkably Roman, even for an Anglican (some of whom tend to be considered Anglo-Catholic), so it isn’t like they disagreed on much.

  • What’s the main difference between the Anglican and Catholic faith? I was under the impression that it’s not much, as Phillip alludes to.

    ~ Non-Christian Guy

  • The Anglicans can divorce without the Pope’s approval


  • The movie looks great from the preview. I hope they play down any overt Christian elements as much as they can, it makes the narrative much stronger. As an allegory for Christianity it can be enjoyed on two levels. If the allegory turns into preaching it becomes tedious. When I first read the Narnia books I had a great time with the story, even though I saw the allegorical parallels, until the final book where Lewis basically outted the Christian truth behind the allegory and the whole thing fell flat.


  • Heh — In current practice, many Anglicans are generally Anglo-Catholic, so you wouldn’t notice *much* of a difference. Historically, though, the Anglican church was part of the big protestant reformation, with Thomas Cranmer setting up a decidedly non-Roman, even anti-Roman, independent church.

    Of course, from today’s perspective, even the radical protestants would look pretty darned Roman Catholic, because we’ve moved pretty far from even the beliefs of the reformation fathers.

    Anyway, the primary difference that can be said to apply to all Anglicans is that the Anglican church does not recognize the authority of the Bishop of Rome, aka the Pope. Various parishes within the Anglican church or worldwide Anglican Communion have many more differences, but many don’t.

  • Interesting, Phillip — thanks!

  • Sophie

    quote: “the final book where Lewis basically outted the Christian truth behind the allegory and the whole thing fell flat.”
    he did? how?

  • Karate, the page is here.

    Sophie, in The Last Battle, time ends for Narnia, with the world rolling up and such. I don’t know if I would say that the series falls flat at that point, but it does tend to be more obvious that the whole thing is somewhat a Christian allegory at that point.