Narnia spoof features “wise-but-horny lion”


I just got a plot synopsis for Epic Movie, the looks-so-lame movie parody that comes out January 26. The synopsis alludes to a few films that do not come up in the trailer now playing in theatres:

The twisted minds of two of the six writers of “Scary Movie” tackle the biggest mega-blockbusters of all time in EPIC MOVIE. The story centers on four not-so-young orphans: one raised by a curator at the Louvre (where an albino assassin lurks), another a refugee from Mexican “libre” wrestling, the third a recent victim of snakes on her plane, and the fourth a “normal” resident of a mutant “X”-community. The hapless quartet visits a chocolate factory, where they stumble into an enchanted wardrobe that transports them to the land of Gnarnia (with a “G”). There they meet a flamboyant pirate captain and earnest students of wizardry – and join forces with, among others, a wise-but-horny lion to defeat the evil White Bitch of Gnarnia.

The lion himself is not shown in the trailer or in any other promotional items that I’ve seen, and I am mildly curious to see what sort of reaction he gets, given that many Christians are inclined to regard Aslan not as a fictitious character but as Jesus himself. It could almost be fun to see this film get attacked for “blasphemy” or some such thing — but frankly, I’d be surprised if the film, which looks so so dumb, got any attention at all.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11340006144797496514 RC

    yea, i can’t see this spoof getting nearly as much attention as some of the other spoof brands…it’s a dumb movie that requires just a little broader (not much) scope of movie literacy to get the jokes.

    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Plus there’s the fact that the term “epic movie” just doesn’t seem to apply to what this spoof is about.

    I mean, since when are Borat or Nacho Libre or Snakes on a Plane or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory “epics”? Where are the references to Troy, Alexander, King Arthur, Kingdom of Heaven and other period pics that have come out in just the last few years?

    Oh, wait, it would take money to mount a spoof on that scale, wouldn’t it. And perhaps it would help if more than one of those films had been an actual hit. Never mind historical literacy, it would take just a certain amount of movie literacy to get those references!

  • Anonymous

    I saw a short piece of this demonically contrived attack on the Lordship of Christ and His holy saints. I was so grieved by it, I am considering bringing a civil suit against the film on the grounds of it being a hate crime and on behalf of my God who will not defend Himself against such onslaughts as He is watching to see if we will…and yes Lord I will. T. C. Harty


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