December 3, 2008

Movies: Prince Caspian

Susan Pevensie: Why didn't I see Aslan?
Lucy Pevensie: Maybe you weren't really looking for him.

Last night, Operaboy and I watched "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian." I don't know why I waited so long to see this movie.

Much like it's predecessor, "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe," this movie humbled me and brought me to tears with it's symoblic representation of God's love. Normally, I don't like when movies or books throw blatant symbolism in my face, but with C.S. Lewis, it's done so tastefully that I don't mind how obvious it is. He intended it to be an allegory, and I'm fine with that.

I'm not going to summarize the movie here, because a) most people have likely already seen it, and b) nearly everyone I know has read the books. However, I will say that this movie is beautifully done. There is just enough action to make it exciting, but the violence is understated enough even for small children to be able to handle.

I'm happy that they used the same 4 actors for the Pevensie children, and that even the younger ones were still good actors even out of their "I'm young and cute, so people are bound to like me" stages.

I love that Eddie Izzard was the voice of Reepicheep, the mouse with an inflated sense of bravado.

What I love best about this movie, though, was the simple and true faith of Lucy Pevensie. It never occurs to her to doubt that Aslan will always come through, and that he's always there whether or not we actually see him or feel his presence in a physical way. Her lines, delivered with the innocence and simplicity of a child but loaded with the faith of a mature, God-fearing woman, touched my heart and reminded me that it's not really so hard after all.

I highly recommend these movies for your personal collection. I'm hoping to own them all very soon.

1 comment:

  1. I still can't believe I haven't seen this movie yet. Ugh. I was dying to see it in the theater, but never made it.

    I'm a huge fan of the books and loved the first movie. I'm so glad they're doing them right. :o)