My husband and I went to see Prince Caspian, the sequel to Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, with high hopes and every one of them were met. When C.S. Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia, so long ago, he could never have imagined that one day they would be brought to life through the medium of film, advanced technology and fantastically so.
Briefly, our four intrepid heroes have struggled to exist in war torn Europe and are finding it difficult to be mere children where they were once kings and queens of Narnia. But upon their return to that magical land, they find that Narnia has been conquered and the Narnians, what is left of them, have been driven into hiding from their invaders.
Prince Caspian is the rightful heir to the invaders' throne, but his uncle's wife gives birth to a son and immediately orders the death of his nephew. Caspian flees into the night and embarks on a journey that takes the viewer through courage, strength, belief, faith and sheer entertainment. The four siblings, and Prince Caspian, are called to service to once again save Narnia from extinction.
Many people are getting caught up in the symbolism of the books and trying to impose Lewis' symbolism of Christianity, the real purpose of the Chronicles of Narnia, into the movies. Really, there's nothing wrong with that except it's robbing them of the pure enjoyment of the movie.
Rated PG, it is a perfectly suitable movie for family members of all ages. Released three weeks ago it has grossed $115,674,000 to date and counting. I recommend this movie to any and all who enjoy a great story and some good action. I know I'll be buying the DVD the second it is released.
I also recommend you purchase the DVD of the first Narnia movie, mentioned above, as well as the box set of the Chronicles of Narnia books. You'll find it a delightful family venture to read those books together. C.S. Lewis, the master defender of the Christian faith, weaves a marvelous story through the 7 books which teach of love, sacrifice and courage. Qualities we never want to disappear in the human race.
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