Props to Adamson

As seems to be the theme for this term, I ventred south of the border again to hook up with some friends to see the opening of Clive‘s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Cinerama last night. There have been numerous reviews and discussion of the movie, so I will only offer a few brief comments. Amazing. Really. I don’t think I could have been happier. Andrew Adamson vowed to do justice to Clive’s original and I must say he succeeded wonderfully. The battle scenes were extended somewhat, but its a big epic movie, it is only natural, I don’t think it hurt the book at all (plus I enjoy big battle scenes… did anyone happen to see Return of the King?). I also don’t think they played down the allusions to Christianity at all. I was worried that one of my favorite quotes had been cut, but they got it in (with slightly different wording, but the just of it was there):

“Is he - quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” [said Susan about Aslan]

“…if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else justsilly..” [said Mrs. Beaver]

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Two more of my favorite quotes from the book that the movie grabbed as well:

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.


The rising of the sun has made everything look so different - all colors and shadows were changed - that for a moment they didn’t see the important thing. Then they did. The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan

And He was back! Now, if we can get people to read the Bible as well…

Since the lines were not nearly as long as those for King, Erin and I almost went to see another movie while we waited, but thought better of it. We waited for about four hours in the freezing cold and it was totally worth it. Although we were first in line but when we got inside there were people in the “prime” seats that we wanted… that was pretty shady if you ask me. Got to hang out with Chad and Meghan and Leann and Marcie (I still really do like her too much I think… I know Jae, leave me alone!) so that is always fun times!

GO SEE NARNIA!! Three or four times. Now!

-Matt Jones
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  1. December 11th, 2005 at 01:36 | #1

    Yay!! I saw it opening day here in NZ a few days ago! It was pretty fantastic! I had a few minor issues but overall it was pretty cool on the whole. Mr and Mrs Beaver were so cute.

  2. December 11th, 2005 at 01:49 | #2

    Glad to see people so happy with the movie. :) Aslan is on the move.

  3. December 11th, 2005 at 11:57 | #3

    Yay for NZ! :) So what were YOUR minor issues? They were quite cute. I was glad that they had humor throughout that wasn’t cheesy or overdone - it just felt very natural and I appreciated that.

    I am glad that people seem to like it too. I hope that extremely conservative Christians don’t get bent out of shape that it wasn’t identical to the book.

  4. Nancy
    December 11th, 2005 at 15:28 | #4

    I can’t wait to see it!! Hopefully in the next two weeks. It’s only one of my most favorite books!

  5. December 11th, 2005 at 16:57 | #5

    hehe well some of it seemed to move a little too fast. For instance when Aslan was making his way towards the stone table, he said to Susan and Lucy, “I could do the the company for a while” (or something) and all of a sudden, a while was finished. I totally understand that these movies can’t be made to last 5 hours but yeah… minor issues ;) .

  6. Jae
    December 11th, 2005 at 18:27 | #6

    Ahh… my day off can’t come soon enough. I’ll be seeing Narnia first thing tommorow, probably even the first matinee!

    Also, let me go on the record concerning the other matter. :) It’s not my concern who you’re interested in, honest. This would be true even if you were hot for my mom (altho’, i must remind you, she’s taken). With that said, the substance of my concern for my single brothers is simply that we guard our hearts, and love God first, because there is no other way to truly honor the ladies. Love God first and everything else will naturally be to His glory. Take it from someone who’s failed miserably in this regard, and likewise watched more than a few other saints distort the pursuit of love ultimately into a pursuit of self. And to be frank, you know that this temptation is always lurking. You know you’re guilty, like every other human being. And that’s really my only warning/suggestion to us wandering eyes&hearts - to trust ourselves less, trust God more. Aside from that, it’s squarely between you and Christ how you fear Him in any/all of your relationships, and that’s really quite good enough for me no matter who you’re hot after. ;)


  7. December 11th, 2005 at 19:08 | #7

    Lani, yeah, that makes sense. I am just glad those little things didn’t add up to deter from the film. At least they didn’t have to problem of having to cut tons of material out (like Rings). Overall, I guess you Kiwis know what’s up. ;)

    Jae, I think you will totally dig it. You will be crying like a little girl, I know I was. :)

    Heh, well thanks for going on the record. You know me man, I have been through my share of “oddities” as far as relationships go and have prayed and thought about this stuff extensively. If Regent has taught me anything, it is that God deserves all and that it is my duty to give it to Him in everything I do and think about. Temptation is always there, it is up to us how we respond. That being said, I don’t think “crushes” need to be completely written off as sinful or meaningless. They have the potential to be both but they can also encourage the building of relationship that may or may not have anything to do with being “romantic” in nature. I must say, though, that your mom’s parents probably would want her dating a white guy. ;) heh. I know you are looking out for me bro and I hope you know that we are probably on the same page. Blessings

  8. JillW
    December 13th, 2005 at 10:11 | #8

    We took Rachel and Nathan to see Narnia last night - great movie! The projector broke down 3 or 4 times at the end - right at crucial parts; just before Aslan returned from the dead, etc. However, we got passes, so we can go see it again for free!! (Rachel did have her jacket over her head a couple of times during the movie).

  9. December 13th, 2005 at 14:18 | #9

    Fun! (well not the part where the projector broke down…) How did Nathan do? I hope we can go see it with everyone when we come down! :)

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