Holiday movies

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — Good stuff. I’m not sure if I agree with the other reviews saying it’s the best HP movie ever, but I really enjoyed it. It’s not really worthy of the M15+ rating the OFLC gave it. Had to chuckle at the (probably unintentional) Doctor Who references: the TARDIS-like tent, and some guy morphing into David Tennant…Thumbs up!

Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — Also very enjoyable, and not just because we saw it in Gold Class on a stinking hot day. Interesting that they included the Professor, even though the first book hasn’t been made. Some might moan about the Christian allusions, but it wasn’t preachy. Reminded me a lot of LOTR, but that’s what happens when you film fantasy battle scenes in New Zealand. Looking forward to the next one. Don’t leave when the credits start to roll.Thumbs up!

By Daniel Bowen

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7 replies on “Holiday movies”

Took my girls to see Narnia… 4yr old loved it no worries, but 6yr old got very scared during the slaying of Aslan…

Can’t understand how a terribly evil human (lion) sacrifice on an altar surrounded by demonic monsters cuts the mustard as PG.

Clay: I haven’t taken the kids to see it yet, though I suspect they’d enjoy it.

Somebody: yeah HP is still on, though it appears to be winding down a bit. (Saw it a couple of weeks ago now)

It’s not the first time I’ve heard that The Chronic is a christian movie. I still don’t get it.

Aside from the ressurection, but how many movies have those? I just watched the DareDevil Directors Cut for cryin’ out loud.

I mean, The Chronic has SANTA. The enemy! C’mon!

PG basically means no blood, swearing or sex. Narnia doesn’t have any of that (well, it BARELY has blood but considering one of the brothers is stuck like a pig and doesn’t seem to bleed, it’s funny).

PG also means Parental Guidance, not Let Your Kids Watch Anything Just Because You’re There – it’s not like what happens in the story is a surprise to most people. If you want General viewing, see Chicken Little.

As for the Christian theme, is wasn’t so much in the movie as it is in the book. I’ve heard the last one is Revelations For Kiddies. Haven’t read that one but now I’m curious.

Regarding the Christian theme in the Narnia series: yes, the series was written by Lewis with Christian education in mind.

The more obvious links that I can think of are (pardon me if I get the book titles wrong):
1> The sacrifice and resurrection of Aslan vs. those of Christ [The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]
2> The lion/lamb duality of Aslan [Voyage of the Dawn Treader]
3> The Judgment Day scenes and description of heaven [The Last Battle] — Definitely Revelations for Kiddies

I’ve really loved reading the series despite the Christian references. I myself am an agnostic, but since almost every book/movie these days pushes an agenda, I don’t have a problem with Christian ones.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw the Doctor Who references in HP. (And, if you’re wondering – since I live in the UK, I’ve already seen it – David Tennant looks like he’ll be able to continue what Christopher Eccelston did to the Doctor in 2005. We’ll have to wait until March – the rest of the world later – to find out.)

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