Narnia, Christianity, and Movie Magic
The Movieguide Faith and Values Awards, which was founded by theologian Ted Baehr may not be an award ceremony as prestigious as the Oscars; however, these awards only go to films noted for their Christian message, morality, or “family-friendliness.” This year’s top rated film at the awards, was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Other notable films, which were honoured at the event were Toy Story 3, Secretariat, and Mao’s Last Dancer.
Winning the title of “Most Inspiring Movie of 2010,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader takes home a 100,000 dollar prize, which was raised by the awards themselves (as tickets for the event are 1,000 dollars each!)
In the article announcing Narnia’s success, David Weil (CEO of the Anschutz Film Group, which is the parent company of Walden Media) is quoted as saying the following:
“We are hoping to do another Narnia film. We are in discussions right now with our studio partner Fox about a fourth one which would probably be Magician’s Nephew. In addition to that, our mandate as a film company is to continue to do family friendly films with uplifting messages.”
Whatever the reasoning, it seems as if a fourth Narnia film would do well at the box office due to it’s Christian morals. This article, which also mentions Narnia’s victory, includes several interesting statistics concerning modern films, and has found that Christian-Themed films are doing better at the box office than films with heavy language, and with atheistic views.
As the glittering award season draws to an end, Narnia may not have won the prestige of the press or the Oscars, but it has won for it’s Christian values. Along those lines, fans of the franchise have won as another exciting installment of the Narnia films, prepares to “set-sail”
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