Some Thoughts on the Movie “The Chronicles of Narnia 3 – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

The Dawn Treader as featured in the 2010 film ...
The Dawn Treader as featured in the 2010 film adaptation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, I watched this movie in the late afternoon called “The Chronicles of Narnia – Part 3”, based on C.S. Lewis’ novel series. It happened to be a 3D movie, and we were each given a pair of 3D glasses to watch the movie, so it was a new cinematic experience for me. Was reflecting that the movie industry is ever progressive, making advancement in technology, which adds realism and engagement to the movie story.

It took me some time to warm up to the movie, and the pace of story was slightly slower, compared to Part 1 and Part 2 of the movies which I had watched before. There were also no English subtitles, so I had to guess most of the time what the plot was all about throughout the movie as I could catch their accents only a bit here and there. But by the end of the movie, I felt blessed and touched in a way – since I’ve been feeding on articles about the power of consciousness and perception, I had been viewing the whole story of the movie through that lens.

I haven’t checked out the movie reviews yet to confirm my perspective, but having watched the whole movie till the end (it lasted almost 2 hours), I found that the storyline is similar to “The Matrix” and “Inception” in that it is an allegory – where the characters enter into another world, another dimension. In that new world or dimension, they are seen as royalty – as the children entered into the magical world of Narnia, they were treated by the subjects of that kingdom as royal princes and princesses. The lion in that story is a picture of Jesus Christ – the lion of Judah – who is mainly working behind the scenes and manifesting Himself to help when they call upon Him. They learnt to overcome the darkness – the enemies in that kingdom – by discovering or learning who they actually are – their true identity. They were called to be conquerors or champions, and they learnt to accept their unique identity and calling, and not fall for the lies of the enemy that make them feel inadequate by telling them that they must do something in order to become someone they want to be.

Aslan to Lucy: “Don’t forget who you are.”

So yea, the story ended with the children being transported back into the usual world where they came from (the modern world in which we also live) after winning a victory over their enemies (and over their dark side, also known as ‘identity crisis’) in the world of Narnia. Everything around them back in the “real” world looked the same when they returned, and they also looked the same on the outside appearance, but I believe somehow they had changed on the inside because they had been to another realm and came back, and that journey of adventure would have changed the way they saw themselves and the world around them forever.

Similarly, I was thinking that our whole lives is an allegory – whenever we spend time immersing ourselves in the gospel of grace and peace and renewing our minds concerning our true identity – that we are beloved children of God, royal princes and princesses of the kingdom of light, it’s like we are on a journey that takes us into another realm – and this transformation of our mind is evident in the way we live our lives, when we are “transported back” into this mundane world we call earth.

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