"Awesome!" "Aslan was cool." "I hope to see it again."
Such were some of the audience reactions to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which opened worldwide last week and pulled in a cool $67 million domestically to finish No. 1 at the box office. The above comments were from moviegoers who had just seen the film at Seattle's Pacific Place Theaters.
Stefan Ulstein, one of our critics who teaches film studies at Bellevue (WA) Christian High School, took some of his students to see Narnia, and with a little help from Stefan's wife, Jeanne, the students rounded up the following comments from moviegoers. (Some of those interviewed were reluctant to give a name or age, so we've included what information we were able to gather.)
"It was really realistic," said 11-year-old Alexander Jackson. "You can actually see how real the lion is!"
"Awesome. Very powerful," added Bill Newman, 43, of Westminster Church.
"Great!" said Caron Eve, 65, "but not a Christian allegory. I take a wider perspective. All paths go to God."
"It's faithful to the story," said Jeff Snyder, who identified himself as an evangelical Christian. "It's great for kids and adults."
"Aslan wasn't scary, he was cool," said Kai Lake, a 10-year-old Christian. "My friends will want to see it!"
A writer for a gay magazine who didn't identify herself won't be taking any of her friends: "It was a great movie from the action standpoint, but I really didn't like the subtext of Christianity. I am outraged and angry and want to punch somebody in the face.
"As a feminist I didn't think it was right. Women are bringing their daughters and shouldn't. Females should be upset after seeing this movie. The male took over the female. I'm outraged and angry. I wish ...1
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