Saturday, December 10, 2005

'Narnia' worth visiting often

"Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as he became a man in our world, became a lion there, and then imagine what would happen." - C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the new film adaptation of C. S. Lewis' classic story (one part of a 7-book Narnia series), is something everyone should see. That's because Hollywood needs to witness the overwhelming success of this kind of movie in order to make more of them, which would in turn influence the culture in a much more positive way than the usual Hollywood fare. If we want to see a culture shift - to realign society with long-lost creational norms - we need to turn films like Narnia into massive blockbusters. (As opposed to films like Brokeback Mountain, which we should ignore as "twisted, laughable, frustrating and boring Neo-Marxist homosexual propaganda," according to Dr. Ted Baehr.)

That said, I found Narnia to be a wonderful adventure. Imaginative and exciting, it portrays the classic conflict between good and evil. One of the best things about storytelling is that a fictional world can be used to present non-fiction to the reader/listener/viewer in a particularly powerful way. And Lewis' 7 books epitomize this, inserting truths about the real world into the alternative reality of Narnia, where they can appear to us more vividly.

So not only is this film wholesome and genuinely entertaining, it can be used as a tool for Truth as well.

So go see it (if you haven't already), and take a friend. Reviews here, here, and here.

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