Saturday, January 22, 2011

The "Voyage of the Dawn Treadser" a disaster?

This article in the Washington Post is interesting.  It claims that the latest CS Lewis book to become a move, the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, was a box office disaster. The writer pins it on the softening of the overt Christian message in the books being left out.  And the constant apologizing and backpedaling of the actors and producers of the film.

Some Quotes:

"That is, until several lead personalities connected to the film couldn't stop apologizing at every turn for the overtly Christian nature of Lewis' narratives. First, it was Liam Neeson, the voice of Aslan, who told the London Daily Mail that his character symbolizes Buddha, Mohammed and other spiritual leaders throughout the ages, as well as Christ.  Then it was producer Mark Johnson telling the Hollywood Reporter that "resurrection exists in so many different religions in one form or another, so it's hardly exclusively Christian.....We don't want to favor one group over another - whether these books are Christian, I don't know."

it is absolutely ludicrous for Neeson to say Aslan symbolizes Buddha or Mohamed or any other spiritual leader and anyone with even a basic understanding of these stories knows these books are based on Christianity.  For the producer to say he doesn't know these books are Christian is just crazy.

Check out the whole article here:
http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2011/01/narnias_voyage_of_the_dawn_treader_and_the_follies_of_faith_on_film.html

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