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Prince Caspian Thirty-Second Review

May 28th, 2008
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We are hitting the big recent releases this week. Here is my thirty second review of Prince Caspian.

Confusing. Lots of talking animals. Lots. Badgers make soup. Cute talking mice. Tough-guy dwarves. Lots of heavily accented English, hard to understand. Sound track poorly recorded. Shiny swords waved about. Battles here and there. No overt Christian symbolism, as in the first movie. Good guys win. Bad guys get killed. Little blood. Lots of violence. Maybe if you are a big fan of the books you'll like it a lot more. I give it a C.

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  1. Michael Paul
    May 28th, 2008 at 08:08 | #1

    Thanks for the pithy review. I had read a few quite positive reviews by others, so it’s nice to get a balancing one. I’m in Taiwan, so it’ll be awhile ’til I even have a chance to see it (if I ever do before it’s a DVD).

  2. May 28th, 2008 at 08:21 | #2

    This die-hard Narnia fan and former moderator at narniaweb.com gives it a C-, so you’re not alone. ;-) The book’s themes were largely absent from the movie.

  3. PHW
    May 28th, 2008 at 14:07 | #3

    I saw two references to Biblical events, but for the life of me, I can’t remember either of em.

  4. Bruce Scarbeary
    May 28th, 2008 at 17:39 | #4

    I didn’t like Prince Caspian as much as L-W-W. It did not stay as true to the book as L-W-W did. Yet I do believe there are some very interesting Christian themes floating about in Prince Caspian that require reflection.
    All of creation is affected by the tyrant king.
    Aslan uses creation to defend his kingdom in ways that we don’t understand.
    The scene with Lucy and Aslan having a conversation about not being afraid of the Gospel (coming to Aslan when others won’t) is thought stimulating.
    I see Ps. 118:46 T”rust not in Princes…” as an important theme of the movie.

  5. patrick
    May 29th, 2008 at 18:28 | #5

    the makers of Prince Caspian kept to the original story surprisingly well… i heard they were going to make it into a silly pure-action flick, but thankfully this was not the case [McCain response: Actually, I thought it was not much more than a silly action=flick. But I'm sure it was much more enjoyable for those who loved the book].

  6. Bruce Scarbeary
    May 30th, 2008 at 07:01 | #6

    Here is a correction to my earrlier post:
    The Biblial reference I posted above should be Ps 118:8-9.

  7. May 31st, 2008 at 01:10 | #7

    I was disappointed by the movie — while it had some symbolism in it, and one could find Christian spirituality hinted at if one was paying attention, it didn’t have nearly the impact of the first movie. Hopefully the Dawn Treader will be better!
    I also think Disney made a terrible error in releasing the movie when they did. It got sandwiched between two much more popular action movies — Iron Man and Indiana Jones. I’m no marketing guru, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that such a release date made it challenging for Caspian to get as big an opening as it could have.

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