Sunday, July 06, 2008
What seems to be lacking here is the complexity and seduction of evil that was present in the first film in the betrayal of Edmond, or the counter cultural "deeper magic" of Aslan sacrificing his life in order to overcome evil (an element that was underplayed by the way in the film adaptation of LW&W to make room for more CG war scenes). What we have here is a Narnia without "deeper magic" without the struggles of character, without the complexity of evil as something that runs through all of us, without overcoming evil with grace and self-sacrificing love. What we are left with, as one reviewer puts it is "a movie about kids who go into another world and dimension and spend the whole time killing people."
I would have loved to see a film that dealt seriously with the consequences of a world where God is absent. There was real potential here to draw out some profound themes. But what we get instead is your typical shallow popcorn action film made just a little bit more crass by having children doing the killing and doing it "for Aslan!"
Labels: film and media