Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Narnia Review & Related Article Roundup:

On the Silly Side: To be found in the NY Daily News. The overall implication – that the Narnia film lifts plot devices & scenes from other films (specifically mentioned are Time Bandits, The Matrix, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Return to Oz, & the Passion of the Christ) seems pretty ludicrous, given that the Narnia books were written well in advance of these movies. (Note – I’m not sure aobut the timing of the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe v. the first Lord of the Rings books. One wonders if Joe Neumaier and Robert Dominguez ever thought this through , or if they just needed a way to fill up a column without saying very much.

The Washington Post publishes a mildly negative short review here, and a longer article about marketing the move to Christians here.

Peter Steinfels has a nice article covering the religious aspects and the horrors of biblical allegory in the New York Times – and it’s not in the “Times Select” prision!

The Cayrn James NYT article is an interesting contrast between the lefties at Participant Productions v. the conservatives at Walden Media. It’s not a bad article, so far as it goes, but does carry the trademark Times bias in describing liberals v conservatives:

It's no coincidence that these companies are backed by billionaires who understand the power of the media: Participant by the eBay tycoon Jeffrey Skoll, a Canadian citizen, and Walden by the Qwest mogul Philip F. Anschutz, a Christian Republican.

At least she does identify Particpant as ‘liberal’ a little farther down, but the last third of the article is the standard whine about how a single production company with a family brand orientation will cripple Hollywood, and impose ruthless censorship, and a return to John Ashcroft’s Amerika.

Gina Keating from Reuters “News” Service has a roundup of positive reviews from some of the MSM critics.

Insty notes that Clive Davis has a Narnia roundup already out….. grrrrrrrrrrrr.

However, lots of good stuff on the Toynbee hysteria. And you won’t find a much more hysterical piece anywhere – dripping with all of the shrill, condescending, holier-than-thou trademarks of militant atheism. Per Polly: “Of all the elements of Christianity, the most repugnant is the notion of the Christ who took our sins upon himself and sacrificed his body in agony to save our souls. Did we ask him to?” Ummmm, that’s the point – no one asked Him to. Either you are saved by Christ, by His Grace, or you decide to save yourself from your sin in front of a Holy God. After a screed like this, I suspect that revival in Europe isn’t far off.

IMDB post is here.