The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Magnicient. Superb. Brilliant. True to C.S. Lewis who I believe would have been very pleased. It left us all dreamy and me, teary-eyed, and my dear husband with a lump in his throat. All it took was for Aslan to finally appear (yes, even that is true to the book that it seemed to take him forever for the Lord to finally appear – and how much more “real life can THAT get??) and when he finally did, we were sniffling and holding hands., relieved to know the fragile humans had not been abandoned, even in their unbelief.

The only problem with the movie? It only lasted 2:24 and it could easily have gone another 2:30. My husband said he’s sad we’ve seen it – that leaving the theater was anticlimactic and that he could easily go back to see it again. He also said it is “the movie he has always wanted to see and has been waiting a lifetime to see….”. And I don’t think he meant JUST about Narnia, but any movie.

It was compelling – the story about striking out on your own without waiting on the Lord. Of course, granted, we may just Be In That Particular Zone given how the uncertainty as to the direction our life is taking at this moment. The fact we have a healthy “fear” of the Lord, not wanting to take a step that is not ordained by Him, put us in a good spiritual position to relate to the theme of this movie on a very personal level. Given the people who stayed in their seats to watch the credits roll on until the screen went dark, others were equally as moved by its theme. I have to check to see if there’s a matinee tomorrow…………………..

It would appear that the mainstream press is booing the efforts with The Fort Worth Start-Telelgram reporting,

“Even the intriguing theological subtext of the original film has been made obvious, a didactic Sunday school lecture about the importance of maintaining faith in your savior, even when he’s not physically present or even corporeal.”

I would challenge the author of this drivel, Christopher Kelly, that perhaps he’s not intimately familiar with the particular and very specific “didactic Sunday school lecture” Lewis was delivering, or Kelly would have written a very different review. Faith in an unseen Savior IS the theological subtext of the entire Bible.

And then, of course, there are the Rotten Tomatos reviews which are mostly, well, rotten. A few reviewers who evidently like to view films that present them with an opportunity to use their brain power, instead of being spoon-fed every single nuance of Deep Thought, had good things to say.

Chockablock with intense battle sequences and suffused with a sense of paradise lost, Prince Caspian is a worthy successor to The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. TV Guide

Prince Caspian may be less full of innocent wonder than its predecessor, but it is a smarter, better film. Like its young stars, the Narnia franchise has, for better and worse, grown up. New Republic

Sure, it’s a big-budget spectacle. But it’s also the kind of grandly old-fashioned entertainment we don’t get enough of anymore. New York Daily News

I was sucked into Prince Caspian… When it comes to the spectacle of the piece, it’s an epic family film. I’m very anxious to view it again. Film School Rejects

So “Prince Caspian” is quite a bit darker than “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” both in look and in mood. It is also in some ways more satisfying. Its violent (though gore-free) combat scenes and high body count may rattle very young viewers, but older children are likely to be drawn into the thick political intrigue. New York Times

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is well worth seeing in the theater and even more so if one is viewing the movie from having read the book as a frame of reference, something I’m quite sure most of the negative reviews have never bothered to do.

Not familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia? Here’s a look into the imagination of C.S. Lewis:

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