The wonder of Narnia

Ashley and I saw The Voyage of the Dawn Treader last night. Despite some deviations from the book, it was great. More than anything, I love being captured by the wonder of Narnia, the glory of Aslan, and the greater meta-story that’s going on. Our world is more like Narnia than we think, we just don’t notice it, like poor Eustace.

I love the last paragraph of the last chapter of the Chronicles of Narnia:

And as [Aslan] spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.

3 Replies to “The wonder of Narnia”

  1. I like Narnia, the whole make-believe world, and the wonder of it all. I haven’t read the books in YEARS, so I went in hungry for some Narnia and, after Caspian, my expectations weren’t too high, and I planned to watch it un-critically. The movie did enough to bring me back to the wonder of the Narnia stories, and for that, I enjoyed it. Could’ve been done better, and some of their deviations killed the Christian message (i.e. when Aslan says, “My country is for the noble of heart’, or the underlying motif of self-acceptance, played out with Lucy and Eustace-dragon– just gotta love you who are more…) Oh yeah, and I hated the *green* smoke monster.

    But some of the things were untainted. Reepicheep stole the show, acting like a man who devotes his whole life to seeking heaven. Edmund and Lucy reminded me that we one day will reign like kings and queens with Christ. Eustace (brilliantly played by whoever that kid was, I might add), showed us the consequence of pure cold reason, and why the world needs fairy tales– they’re often portray the truth of things better than we give them credit for. Also, it reminded that our story of redemption is a great, wonderful story that not even the best of fantasies can capture, and the wonder we have for Narnia should be exceed by the wonder I have for our world, which will renewed by the awesome power of Christ someday!

    That’s why I liked it– it enthralled me with the wonder of life!

    1. Based on what you said – it captured Lewis for you – if it did that for you I am glad. I had the opposite expectations working – I had just read the books and read rave reviews about the movie. Not to mention that I have probably watched the BBC adaption about 10 times (it’s been a while though) – which I actually thought was a better adaption than the FOX version. I thought the graphics were great, the new additions were lame – but as you say Reepicheep and Eustace were studly. I just felt like the Director did not understand Clive – it lacked his fantasy beneath fantasy feel. Of course… we can disagree. Merry Christmas

  2. You liked it!?! I thought it was boring at best. I hated the smoke-monster deal and the seven swords – I did not care that they deviated from the book, but at least make the deviations entertaining. My biggest beef was the way that it was filmed – it just seemed to have no magic – for instance just imagine the Eustace-dragon part filmed from his perspective – that would give a whole new meaning to the taking off of scales and would have totally personalized the character of Eustace. Here’s to hoping that they get someone of Peter Jackson’s talents for the next 4.

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