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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Mistress

The problem with the movie LWW is exactly the problem with the theology it's founded on; the children - mankind - are basically irrelevant. Aslan could have overthrown the white witch without breaking a sweat, children or no children. The only actual role they have is to fulfil the prophecy. We're never told who was actually prophesying, but obviously Aslan had a hand in it; if he'd specified something about comets, say, the children would have been able to sit out the war in the professor's house.

Any hack scriptwriter would have insisted that they do something vital, but Lewis couldn't, because God cannot be represented as having to _need_ the Creation; the one unanswerable question is "Why did God create the world?"

And as a matter of family logistics, the two impossibilities in LWW are
(a) that Aslan tells his brothers and sisters never to refer to Edmund's treachery again, and they don't start rubbing it in within fifty seconds, which will astound anybody who's ever had a sibling, and
(b) four siblings can jointly rule a kingdom for several decades without a single major war, which will astound anybody who remembers (say) the Angevins.

And I'm sure that in the original "hot chocolate" must have been "cocoa".

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