The following is two part, so bear with me.
First, let me tell you a little about Ellen. On this day nineteen years ago, a beautiful, loving, bright, little girl was born into the world. She preceded a dull, rather dim, albeit energetic young boy by a year and a half. She grew, and grew, and learned, played with her siblings, took care of young kids as soon as they she could lift, and tried her best to exemplify selflessness and logical thinking long before such concepts even occurred to me.
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Today, a beautiful, neighbor loving, Christ adoring young woman turns nineteen. She’s a leader amongst her siblings, from to two to seventeen, and she lives out what she so strongly believes more than most of her contemporaries put together. She is cherished by every young kid whom she comes into contact; she is set to marry a young man who matches her in almost every respect, save his faults (sorry Caleb). She treasures books, loves hot tea, and hates nasty movies (disregard later part of post). And she has, in some way, managed to encourage a fumbling seventeen year-old who have to attempt to govern the older sibling at home field alone.
Ellen, we love. And though you will be moving e’er long, as concerns the preceding nineteen years of our family’s life, we proudly say: “We never could have done it without you.”
Aannndd… I just walked out of the latest Hollywood rendition of a CS Lewis classic, the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
I Cried. Because I felt Narnia more than any other of the films thus far. Without a doubt, the departures from the original story were worse than any if the preceding. The Islands were shuffled, extra characters thrown in, many removed, not to mention that eerie green midst that proceeded from Dark Island, and tempted and frightened all around. And yes, because if the rough deadlines, the CGI and 3D was below average.
In it’s defense, it preserved the spirit of the story favorably better than it’s predecessors. It was a lot of good fun all round, including riveting fights on sea and land, overly dramatic locations, great music, and of course, those beautiful lines about and from Aslan.
So, if you haven’t yet, I recommend this picture. Just… Not in 3D.