Movie Review: Prince Caspian
I have to fess up. I haven’t read all of the Narnia books. I’ve read the first three, so I haven’t actually got round to Prince Caspian yet. It’s sitting on my book shelf, so I will one of these days… But I have seen the movie! So while I can’t tell you what the differences are between the book and movie, I can tell you how much I enjoyed the movie.
A year after The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the kids are still in London, still trying to work out why they aren’t in Narnia anymore. Peter is getting into fights and Susan is avoiding the attention of a boy who’s keen on her. Meanwhile in Narnia, many years have passed since the kids were last there. Another kingdom has invaded Narnia and the Narnians have gone underground. The heir to the throne, Prince Caspian, is on the run from his wicked uncle who wants him dead. As he runs, he blows the magic horn that was given to Susan. This brings the kids back to Narnia.
What follows is the build up to war. The Narnians join forces with Caspian and get ready to fight the evil kingdom, the Telmarines. The Narnians are horribly outnumbered. They are going to go down hard. So where’s Aslan? Why isn’t Aslan there to help?
The major theme of this movie is faith. Peter wants to fight this fight. He believes Aslan has abandoned them. He thinks he needs to do things his way, all on his own. And when he does – lives are lost. It is only when they put their trust in Aslan, when they believe that he will do what is good and right, do things go well.
Many times in life, we feel overwhelmed. We feel the whole world bearing down on us like an invading army. It’s at those times, when it feels like we’re at our most desperate, we don’t think God is on our side. We feel we need to do things our way. We feel like we have to abandon our faith in God because we have no other option.
But Jesus has said that he will never abandon us. He will look after us. And we know that Jesus will return. In James 5:7-8 it says “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” Jesus will return. And we are to be patient and stand firm as we wait. Just as the Narnians were to put their trust in Aslan, we are to put our trust in Jesus. Jesus knows what we are going through. He cares for all his people. And though it’s difficult to remember that sometimes, it doesn’t stop it from being true.