By Quentin Choy
March 9, 2021
Watching The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe for the first time was an awesome experience. Having only seen little clips of the movie which played on Disney Channel when I was a kid, I felt I was in a more mature stage of life to fully understand the movie.
The metaphor crafted by C.S. Lewis to show the sacrifice of Jesus in the form of Aslan was enlightening to me, even though I am well aware of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Seeing Aslan’s sacrifice to the White Witch over Edmund’s betrayal was moving, knowing that I am Edmund and that I should pay the price at the round table rather than Aslan.
Aslan’s melancholy walk through the forest to be killed by the White Witch filled me with a sense of dread, knowing that he was sacrificing his life for the good of all of Narnia, which represents mankind in a fallen world. Seeing Lucy and Susan weep over Aslan’s body and stand amazed at his glowing, resurrected self was a direct parallel to the women seeing the empty tomb after Jesus came back to life.
The portrayal of Aslan as a lion was a direct reference to God being called the “Lion of Judah.” I felt a sense of confusion seeing a creature as powerful as Aslan lay down on the stone table as his mane was shaved, he was mocked and scorned at by hogs, minotaurs, trolls, and other Narnian creatures before being stabbed by the Witch.
Seeing Aslan crown the Pevensie children was a great scene, showing a glimpse of what those who fight in the name of Aslan (Jesus) shall receive. It was heartbreaking to watch Aslan walk alone on the beach with Lucy holding back tears not knowing when he will return, drawing a direct parallel to Christ’s ascension.
Overall, the movie was enjoyable and moving, even though I am not a movie fan, and the movie is nowhere near recent. It reaffirmed aspects of my faith that I know but are moving when you see them portrayed in the world of Narnia. I hope to watch the other Narnia movies and to begin reading the great works by C.S. Lewis.