Wednesday, August 8, 2012

grandma's movie reviews - the Chronicles of Narnia - the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

We all have movies which are our "favorites" . . . some of my favorites include the recent Chronicles of Narnia movies. Of course the books which make up the Chronicles of Narnia are classics, so the movies - as long as the movie studio didn't "mess" things up - are sure to be excellent. I personally thought Disney did a good job on the first two Narnia movies and Fox did as well. (I'm still hoping Walden Media decides to make the Silver Chair - it is my all-time favorite Narnia story!)

So, today I thought I'd share my reviews of these Narnia movies, beginning, of course, with the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Chronicles of Narnia: Lion Witch & Wardrobe  
By - Disney
Rating - PG - for battle sequences and frightening moments

Favorite Features -
  • incredible animation - the animals look real, but aren't
  • true to original story, this movie is amazing
  • music, animation, costumes and story line combine for the most fantastic movie experience!
  • children actors did an excellent job
  • amazing music! I LOVE the music of Narina!
  • strong messages for grandparents/parents to talk about with their grandchildren/children
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to have important conversations with your grandchildren/children after you watch this movie. 
  • Obviously, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe gives you an opportunity to talk about choices we make and the consequences; such as when Edmund lies about his first visit to Narnia. Edmund's lies and selfishness has serious consequences for others - Tumnus is caught, put in jail and turned to stone and Peter, Susan and Lucy are pursued by the White Witch. There is a powerful scene in the movie which speaks to repentance and forgiveness where Asland is talking with Edmund after Edmund is rescued from the White Witch. Asland tells Peter, Susan and Lucy, "What's done, is done. There is no need to speak to Edmund about what is past." Talk with your grandchildren/children about this and how it shows us what repentance and forgiveness is. Read Psalm 103:12, "How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west!" and lead them in thanking God for His amazing forgiveness! Challenge them to forgive others in this same way; where, "there is no need to speak about what is past!" 
  • I love when Asland says, "Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia!" Talk with your grandchildren/children about how God's Word tells us in John 10, " 27 My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow me, 28 and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others. No one can snatch them from his hands, 30 and I am one with the Father." Lead them in thanking God for the security His love and grace gives us!
  • I love the image this story gives us of God. At the end of the movie when Asland is walking on the beach, Tumnus tells Lucy, "Don't worry, we'll see Him again!" We have the promise from Jesus, Himself, He will return for us, one day! Look at John 14, " Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together." This is absolutely something to rejoice about with your grandchildren/children!
  • Tumnus and Lucy are talking about Asland and Tumnus says, "Afterall, he's not a tame lion." Lucy says, "But he is good!" Our God isn't "tame", but He absolutely is Good!
This movie has many wonderful opportunities to talk with your grandchildren/children about the choices they make, Who God Is and how much He loves us! Enjoy watching it with your grandchildren/children - and get the book; spend some time reading it with them as well! If you only add one movie to your personal library this year, make it this movie!

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