We sqeezed out a few hours this weekend to go see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Last week I hosted a "Narnia Night" party at one of the libraries to promote the book series before the film premiered and we were eager to check out the movie. It was great. As faithful to the book as anyone would expect. Not too violent or scary (I wouldn't hesitate to take any child who had already read the book), but just right to get the mood of the story. And my goodness, that little Lucy was cute.
I especially liked how Aslan's death was depicted. When I read the book, I didn't realize how personal Aslan's (and by extension of the allegory, Christ's) death is. He completely chooses to die to save Edmund from paying the punishment for being a traitor.
In the church, we talk a lot about how Jesus died to save the world from sin, and about how unbelievers need to hear the gospel, but we don't do a good job of preaching the gospel to ourselves. This movie reminded me that Jesus didn't just die for a whole bunch of people who would believe, Jesus was the sacrifice personally for ME. I was a traitor like Edmund and Jesus took MY place. It's amazing.
Anyway, I recommend the film. But only after you've read the book. Because I am a librarian, after all.