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Chasing danger to the ends of Narnia

I went to see Narnia III–the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  IMHO, the Narnia movies are probably the best heroic fantasy movies currently in production.

According to  ComingAtrractions.com, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader assumed a commanding start on the weekend’s box office derby by taking in an estimated $8.1 million dollars on its opening day. Playing on 3,555 screens, that gives Narnia 3 about an average of $2,500 in ticket sales per screen — not a lot of demand for a big holiday picture on its opening weekend. Based on the forecast ahead, Dawn Treader isn’t likely to break $30 million on its opening weekend but it will still wind up in first place.  I don’t know where they get these stats, but what it tells me is that there is a considerable market for fantasy–not overwhelming, but big.

Three kids–Lucy, Edward, and Eustace–use a painting of a ship at sea as a gateway to Narnia.  They quickly find themselves aboard the Dawntreader with King Caspian and a bunch of Narnians, sailing to adventures at the ends of the world.  There is magic and sword-fighiting, talking animals including the noble Reepicheep, an unexpectedly witty minotaur, and the spoiled-rotten Eustace, cousin to Edward and Lucy–is transformed into a dragon.  Narnia is the best kind of dream–it feels totally real, the adventures can continue for weeks or even years, but when they return to Earth no time at all has gone by.

The Narnia movies and books are wonderful for both children and adults.  There is all the joy of exploration, the confort of comradeship, the wonder of magic, and the thrills of combat and peril, but there is no blood, no nudity, no profanity.  Adult things are alluded to–there is sex and death and despair and all the corruption of adulthood going on behind the scenes, and the adults who see the movije realize it, but the children who see it only see glory, adventure, and wonder.  By the end of the movie i was all choked up.  It rips me up that Edward and Lucy can never return.  When your childhood is over, you can’t go back to Narnia.  At the end they are confronting the final mystery, which is Death.

At age 63 I’ve been confronting my own mortality a lot these days.  It makes me sad.  Thus, movies that deal with the protagonist dying–even a kind of metaphorical death of childhood–leave me sad.  The better the movie, the sadder I feel.  So I was very sad at the end of the movie.  Narnia 3 is excellent indeed.

If Aslan ever let me into Narnia, he’d have to eat me to make me leave again.

Lucy in the sky with Lions.

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Posted December 16, 2010 by atroll in Uncategorized

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  1. A lovely read.
    –I’ll see it with my loved ones. 😀

    Wishing you all the best, Ken.

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