December 12, 2005
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I saw the Chronicles Of Narnia movie this weekend. My biggest fear was that Disney would tinker with the story too much; this fear was unfounded. It’s a respectful and fairly faithful telling of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Aslan is still not a tame lion, and is good, not safe, and Professor Kirke still wonders What do they teach at schools these days? I doubt that the movie will evoke much Sehnsucht. Disney’s Narnia isn’t a place I yearn to visit, nor does it evoke a sense of nostalgic longing for my true home. On the other hand, I did sit next to a very young child–perhaps three years old–who ask his mother, “Is this a true story?” I doubt this movie will set mermaids singing for many, or prompt many to learn that if you become Christ’s you will stumble upon wonder upon wonder and every wonder true (attributed to St. Brendan of Birr in this list of quotations on wonder). All in all, not a bad movie, and it taught me a few things: for example, centaurs can wield two swords in battle because they don’t need reins, and the evoking of the Nazi bombing of England was better than the book’s. Worth seeing (perhaps only after having read the books), but even with all of its CGI magic, not wonderful.