Friday, December 23, 2005

Narnia: Imaginery landscape without the magic

For Beliefnet fans, Thomas Moore reviews the new film based on C. S. Lewis’s "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Moore writes,
I’ll accept that Narnia is the world of imagination that resides like a Jungian unconscious beneath ordinary life. But it is not a pleasant place! This is a terrifying movie. I wouldn’t bring little children to it. Not only because of its violence and war mania, but also because it offers no real resolution. It ends, as all wars do, with victors and the vanquished, waiting to see who will fight the next one. The lion is made to sound wise and evolved, but he does little more than strut, make grand entrances and exits, and encourage military mayhem. A Christ-figure, some have said. Hardly."
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