December 9, 2005
Today is the day. On thousands of movie screens across America and overseas, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” debuts. No amount of praise is too high for this film.
It is many things, including a superb allegory of redemption. It is fantasy. And it is fun. It also marks what I hope will be the end of bad movie-making by conservatives and Christians and a willingness to compete on the same cultural turf as the liberal pagans.
We should never have ceded entertainment to the unbelievers. Who should be doing more creative things than those who have a relationship with the ultimate creator?
Disney and the Walden Media Group need to see this movie make record profits. See it more than once. Take family and friends to see it. And neighbors and co-workers, too. Buy the DVD when it comes out. You will be thrilled at the photography, the special effects and, most importantly, the storyline.
My hope for this film, to paraphrase C.S. Lewis, is that it will mark a new cultural season for us where it is always Christmas and never winter.