I’ve Got a Golden Ticket to Narnia!

Woo hoo!!! I’ve just been informed that I have the enormous privilege of covering The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for Christianity Today.

And since I’m enormously skeptical about the whole affair, rather than a blindly loyal “Narniac” who’s already calling the film a “classic” before seeing it, I hope I will give it a fair shake for all of you.

The season of the witch can’t come soon enough….

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Dymphna

    Since this is Disney I am afraid they’ll gut the story to appeal to hte lowest demonominator. I’ll wait until I see some reviews befoere I go.

  • Timothy Grant

    I think the question is…

    How do you take a story with such amazingly deep spirtitual depth, and make that palatable to a non-spiritual world. Do you axe the spirituality and alienate those believers who would be a strong viewer base? Do you leave the spiritual aspects in and risk cutting your viewership because the Christian under-pinnings will make the unbeliever uncomfortable?

    My guess is that we will see the the second path, but could be pleasantly surprised.

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    Actually I agree with him about going “narniac”. Remember the movie Lawn Mower Man, which was supposed to be based off of the Stephen King story, but had nothing to do with the story at all? They did the same thing with Jurassic Park 2. Great novel, but the movie had almost nothing to do with the book.

  • Anonymous

    Why are you skeptical? What we have seen and heard from the team that is actually making the movie has been great. Is it the way that Disney seems to be promoting the film?

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    Whatever dude. Not like I wanted to see that movie anyway.