A Chinese View on Narnia
I’ve been looking forward to seeing the new movie The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I read (or was read) all those books when I was in third and fourth grade, and enjoyed them immensely. I don’t remember them very well, so I was looking forward to rediscovering some of that feeling when I saw the movies.
I watched the movie with my girlfriend, who is Chinese. She was not familiar with the stories, and was not raised in the Christian tradition, so she had quite a different take. I liked the movie well enough. She didn’t like it.
Here are some of her comments:
– [About the four kids:] I don’t like these kids. They’re all so pasty and pathetic looking.
– [When the White Witch is killing Aslan on the stone and Lucy and Susan are watching:] Why don’t they do something? I can’t stand weak characters like that!
– [As the battle begins:] Aslan sacrificed himself for that lame kid? None of these kids can even fight!
– [During the coronation of the four:] Those are the four most useless kings that ever lived.
– [When Aslan leaves:] If those four are the kings, then what’s Aslan?