I know this review is hitting the scene a bit late, but I’m reading C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves right now and felt inspired to talk about Prince Caspian. For those that don’t know, The Four Loves is one of C/S/Lewis’s many books on theology and deals with afffection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God. It is very interesting and also very over my head.
Back to the movie:
I loved it and thought it far better than Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe for several reasons. First, it was much darker. The movie was, no doubt, much more violent and, while I’m not usually one for violent movies, I think that in this case it was necessary. Peter had to make adult decisions, adult mistakes, and deal with consequences that were irreversible. There were points in the movie where I was genuinely disappointed in the main characters to the extent that I felt personally wronged.
But, what really got me about this movie were the religious messages. I’ve always found C.S. Lewis to be more spiritual than religious (though Christian for sure) and Prince Caspian showcased his deep spiritual understanding better than the first film because the morals were both more subtle and nuanced. I appreciated the alternate telling of Christ’s crucifixion in Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, but the every day usefulness of the messages in Prince Caspian felt more relevant to me in my life now.
Whether you see it for the religious undertones or for sheer entertainment, I don’t think Prince Caspian will disappointment. At the very least, it’s a fun trip to the theater for the whole family (except little-little ones because it was kinda scary!)
Status: Still need to do a few pages for Ben. I emailed him today and he said he should have some rough drafts for me in a few days, so I’m really excited. I think one thing that is cool about creating a graphic novel is that no matter what happens–whether it gets accepted or not–you have something that looks finished and flashy unlike a huge stack of word processed paper when you finish a novel. Also, collaborating is fun.