I have just returned home from viewing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I was not expecting to watch the movie tonight and, by happenstance, ended up at the theater where I was also surprised that a friend and I were able to gain admission. It was quite an enjoyable and challenging evening.
Though I greatly enjoy reading the works of C.S. Lewis, I must confess that I have never read the Chronicles of Narnia. Thus, I cannot assess how closely the movie followed Lewis’ book. But I’ve read enough of his works to recognize something distinctively Lewisian in the movie. Lewis portrayed boys and girls as real boys and girls–boys and girls who would, respectively, grow into men and women. In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lewis communicated those great Christian ideals that men must do their duty to provide and defend and that women must do their duty to support and nurture. In his books, Lewis doesn’t portray his characters as flawless but certainly as committed to the ideals of real manhood and womanhood, important qualities we’ve almost lost today.
This is a subject for more reflection in the near future.