Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #23 The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)


       Now I know that The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is not really considered a "Christmas movie" but it makes me think of Christmas since most of the film is set during the winter and Father Christmas makes a brief appearance to present the children with gifts to aide in their journey.

      Based on the book series by C.S. Lewis, this film tells the story of the four Pevensie children: Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy that are transported through a magical wardrobe into a snowy wonderland called Narnia. They soon discover that Narnia is been ruled by an evil White Witch, named Jadis, that has caused it to remain in a perpetual winter for over 100 years. 

     Upon meeting a couple of talking beavers, they learn that they are thought to be part of a prophecy that says that "two daughters of Eve" and "two sons of Adam" would defeat the White Witch and help restore Narnia to the true and rightful King of Narnia, the great lion Aslan. Edmund leaves his family behind to find the Queen's castle, in hopes of gaining the throne himself, as she once promised him. 

      After somewhat of a treacherous journey, they finally meet the majestic Aslan at his encampment where they prepare for battle. Later that night Edmund is rescued from the clutches of Jadis and after a talk with Aslan in his tent, he is reunited with his siblings and forgiven for his actions.

      Jadis, infuriated by this, arrives at the camp demanding Edmund surrender to her for execution and after a private discussion with Aslan she surprisingly leaves without the boy. That night, Aslan exits camp and heads towards the Stone Table. Susan and Lucy beg to go with him but he asks them to stay behind and "trust him". He peacefully surrenders himself to Jadis and her hoard of evil creatures where they begin ritually torturing him and barbarically cut his beautiful mane. Ultimately, his life is ended by a single knife stroke at the hands of Jadis.

      Susan and Lucy discover their beloved Aslan strewn across the Stone Table and begin weeping over his lifeless body. They send the message of his death to their brothers through the tree spirits. 

     Upon hearing this sad news, Edmund tells Peter that now he should take charge of Aslan's army. Peter is unsure of himself and if he will be able to take on this difficult task but Edmund assures his older brother that Aslan believed in him and so does he. The next day the great battle against Jadis' army unfolds. 

     
      I don't want to tell you what happens next because I would hate to spoil the experience of the emotions you feel when you watch the ending of this film. There are no words to explain it. I would love for you (and your children) to experience this for yourselves and that is why I will go no further in my summary. Please take the time to watch this film during this holiday season, I am positive that you won't regret it. It's a message of love and sacrifice, the same message of a life that began on the very first Christmas. It's a beautiful story and a beautiful film. 












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