So I was pleasantly surprised when I went to see CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader yesterday. I’m not usually into action, adventure movies, but I was taken aback by how their producers stayed true to the theme of the book. For those of you unfamiliar with CS Lewis and his work, he used this fictional land of Narnia and its main character of Aslan to be a metaphor for Jesus and the eternal life that we all can have if only we believe. In the first movie, Aslan lays down his life for another character in place of him. In that way, Aslan pays the ultimate price for them so they might live. By the end of the first movie, Aslan come back to life and their is peace among the land.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader continues the story with the youngest of the children, Edward and Lucy along with their cousin Augusta, returning to Narnia in order to fight the green mist which had been accepting human sacrifices. The three go on a journey to find the source of the mist and rescue the people. Along the way, there faith in Narnia (for Christians, Narnia is an analogy for the “unseen” world or heaven) is tested. They are tempted based on their individual vulnerabilities; for Lucy, it is an undeniable urge to find her value in her beauty, for Edward, it was in his need to feel important (otherwise to be King) and finally Augusta just wanted to be rich and powerful.
In the end, Aslan protected them each according to his will-by coming to Lucy and reminding her of how special she was, by providing a voice of reason when all logical judgment seemed lost and making the best out of a bad situation. (For we know, all things work together for the good of those who love Him-Romans 8: 28)
Well, I hope I didn’t give away too much in the movie. But it’s really good one, especially for those looking for a little bit of hope this season.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the movie: “”It is my hope that by knowing me in this world, you may know me better in the next,”-Azlan, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. May the same be said of us, and our relationship with Jesus Christ