A few years back after watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for the first time I just had to read the book series that inspired this movie and the rest that came after. The Chronicles of Narnia book series was written by the amazing author, C.S. Lewis. Because it’s the first film it has a special place in my heart and I always enjoy when I watch. I love how there are direct allegories throughout the film. Narnia in the first film is like a representation of the broken world and how it desperately needs redemption and freedom. How Aslan represents Christ, in the film sacrificing himself for the sake of Edmund who was considered a traitor by the White Witch and was sentenced to death. Aslan breathes life into living things frozen by the White Witch just as God breathes life into all His creation. Like I’ve mentioned here, there are many Biblical allegories that C.S. Lewis incorporated in his stories and has been greatly demonstrated in the movies.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is about four siblings who arrive in the land of Narnia through a wardrobe and discover that they have the destiny to liberate the land with the counsel of Aslan, the lion.
At the beginning of the movie, we meet Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie who after World War II has affected London are evacuated to the home of Professor Kirke. Thereby playing hide-and-seek, young Lucy finds a big wardrobe and goes in as to hide but then finds another world inside. She meets a fawn called Mr. Tumnus. He had ordered that if he ever encountered a human he had to turn them in but the fawn couldn’t do that to little Lucy. He explains to her about Jadis, the White Witch and how the land has suffered 100 days of winter so he urges her to go back home. Lucy goes back to her siblings and tells them of all she’s encountered but for the rest of the siblings, it’s a too good to be a true story. That night Lucy decides to go back to the wardrobe and this time Edmund follows her. There he meets Jadis and is fascinated with her powers and all she can give him. Later on while hiding from Professor Kirk’s housekeeper the siblings all hide in the wardrobe and suddenly are in Narnia. This is suddenly the start of the adventure of their lives. There they are informed about their destiny to be kings and queens of Narnia, therefore, destroying the White Witch’s reign. Also during their visit they meet different characters who are waiting for Aslan to return and take back Narnia from the hands of the White Witch. Suddenly Edmund is captured by Jadis and now the rest of the siblings have to get him back but they need help. The viewers follow the Pevensies on their trek to get Edmund back and they arrive in Aslan’s camp. There they prepare for a battle that will be held and Edmund is rescued. Since he is considered a traitor by the Witch, Edmund is sentenced to the death. Aslan decides to sacrifice himself for the boy but little did the Witch know that death could not contain him. Later the battle is set to occur to fight the White Witch and her army. Aslan, Lucy and Susan head to the Witch’s castle and gives “breath of life” to those Jadis had turned into statues. He gathers them all for the battle. This part of the battle is definitely one of my favorite parts of the movie since there’s lots of action and you’re really rooting for Peter and his siblings as they fight alongside Aslan’s camp.
Now you may ask, did Aslan’s army win? Did the Pevensie kids ever go back home? Well you need to see this movie to get your answers. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a fascinating film filled with wonder, mystery and fun! It’s very powerful for me to see Jesus in the representation of Aslan and how great it’s represented.
Although this movie tends to be associated with kids, it’s great entertainment for the whole family. Here are other movies for children (and their parents) to watch: