So on Friday night I saw the Narnia movie, or as I call it, TCON:TLTWATW. It’s a fairly bland but ultimately passable piece of entertainment. Assuming that Peter Jackson never gets to make his movie of The Hobbit I would show TCON: TLTWATW to my kids when they are 4 as a fantasy primer for when I eventually show them the LOTR Trilogy.
I really wasn’t that bothered by the Christian allegory aspect of the film. As Jeff pointed out, it’s all so muddled that none of it makes very much sense. Sure, Asland dies for the sins of a human and is then magically resurrected, but he admits that it was all basically a big trick. “Yeah, the rules say that if someone willingly sacrifices themselves for another, then they get to come back to life. Those are the rules. The magic rules. The White Witch didn’t know that. I did. I totally punk’d her.” I’m not religious, but it seems to me that the story of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection loses some of its meaning if Christ knows ahead of time that he’s going to come back.
Also, I don’t think Jesus would goad a young boy into killing his enemies with a sword. My limited knowledge of The Bible leads me to believe that Jesus had a totally different take on that subject.
That being said, there were some things in Narnia that bothered me. Most notably the character of Mr. Tumnus. My single thought every time Mr. Tumnus was on screen: “Uh, dude, can you...like...put a shirt on?”
It's not so weird when you’re only reading about a hairy, bare-chested little man having tea with a five-year-old girl. Actually seeing it kind of skeeved me out.
Something I do want to see: A buddy cop movie set in Narnia and starring Centaur and Rhino.