The cast and crew of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have started downplaying the significance of the Christian symbology in the movie. I suppose the fact that C. S. Lewis was a Christian theologan and wrote the Chronicles of Narnia is of little use to them, nor the fact that there are many Christian lesson plans for teachers about the book’s symbology.
Cast and crew members of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have played down the significance of Christian symbolism in their version of CS Lewis’s novel.
The Narnia books are often viewed as a religious allegory, with Aslan the lion representing Jesus Christ.
But director Andrew Adamson said it is “open to the audience to interpret”.
“Faith is in the eye of the beholder,” added British actress Tilda Swinton, who said the original book was more “spiritual” than religious.
“You can make a religious allegory out of anything if that’s what you’re interested in,” she told the BBC News website.
Swinton, who plays the White Witch Jadis in the film, was speaking at a press event held at Cliveden House, Berkshire on Wednesday.
In the film, the first in a planned series based on Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles, Aslan sacrifices himself in order to save the life of a human boy, or “Son of Adam”.
He later rises from the dead to lead his troops in an epic battle against the White Witch’s forces.
But New Zealand-born Adamson – director of the Shrek films – said resurrection was a common theme in the fantasy genre, citing The Matrix and Star Wars as examples.
Except for that whole “son of God sacrifices himself to save a human and then rises from the dead to battle evil” thing, I might agree with them. Christian symbolism? Nah. Unless you really look for it. 🙂