This is from one of my favorite movies since my boys were young. I can’t even recall how many times I have seen The Neverending Story, a touching, imaginative film from the 80’s.
Beyond the main theme which guides the film-that we dream our world into existence and when we stop believing in our ability to dream and imagine, our world is in danger of disappearing-there are a dozen sub-themes such as self worth, loyalty, trust, vision, standing for something and fighting the forces of darkness.
In the clip above, our young hero Atreyu, who is tasked with saving the world from the rapidly encroaching Nothing, is approaching the portal where he can ask an important question. Many have tried to pass through the Sphinxes Gate, but none possessed the confidence to pass through and were killed when the power of the Sphinxes was released after seeing into their souls.
It is one of the best moments of the film, although there are many. Simple in terms of CG and special effects, the movie is still magical. It speaks of courage, friendship and loyalty, tenacity, hope and defiance in the face of almost certain defeat. It teaches the message that the only thing which truly destroys us is giving up.
When we took a hike last weekend, I was so excited to be able to actually see Into the naked woods, with the trees undressed and showing their basic character-no frills. We were close to the end of our four hour walk when we came upon these nearly twin giant Chestnut Oaks. As I looked to the tops of them at the sky peeking between their reaching branches, I was immediately reminded of this scene in The Neverending Story.
Maybe you just had to be there….
After this gate, Atreyu must pass through the Magic Mirror Gate which was said to be the hardest of all to accomplish, for one must look into the mirror and see their true self without succumbing to madness and horror. It is in this moment that a stark realization happens for two of the movie’s prime characters.
Most people think they know themselves well, but if we look very closely, sometimes what is revealed is not all that we thought or that we would wish of ourselves. I like to look at my beautiful children and hopefully see a bright reflection of my best self within their eyes.
If you haven’t seen this movie at some point you should. And if you have a child, do bring them along….
Our lives are all entwined as we walk the path of this Neverending Story call life.
For Ande, my own “Atreyu” and Barrett, “Bastion” . Never keep your feet on the ground!!