Wednesday, August 8, 2012

grandma's movie reviews - Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian

As I said in my last post, the Chronicles of Narnia are some of my favorite movies! I like how Disney made the movies - for the most part - and of course, love the stories C.S. Lewis wrote. I do think they took some "liberties" with Prince Caspian and would have liked to see Disney stick closer to the story Lewis wrote, but overall, it is a good story and I'd definitely recommend it for families to watch together over a big bowl of popcorn!

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian  
By - Disney
Rating - PG - for epic battle action and violence
  • Favorite Features -
    • incredible music
    • imaginative sets and costumes bring the story to life
    • strong message of standing for freedom
As with the first Narnia movie, this one also has strong messages in it which give us the opportunity to have important conversations with our grandchildren/children.
  • After returning to their "real" lives in London, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy struggle to live as "children" after "living" as kings and queens in Narnia. Peter, in particular, struggles with this. He is a "bit" arrogant, and even upon his return to Narnia, doesn't want to listen to others. They get lost, end up having a disastrous "raid" on Miraz's castle and faced with a battle where they are terribly out-numbered. Talk with your grandchildren about Proverbs 16:18 - "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
  • Lucy sees Asland in the woods as they are trying to find the Narnians, but when her siblings do not see him, she goes along with them, instead of choosing to do what she knows Asland wants her to do. Talk with your grandchildren about choosing to follow Jesus, even when others do not. Share with them the account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abdenego in Daniel 3, "Your Majesty, we don’t need to defend ourselves. 17 The God we worship can save us from you and your flaming furnace. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we still won’t worship your gods and the gold statue you have set up.
  • At the end of the movie Peter and Susan tell Edmund and Lucy they are not returning to Narnia. Lucy wants to know if Peter and Susan did something wrong and Asland tells them it is the opposite. He says, "All things have their time. Your brother and sister have learned what they can from this world, not it is time for them to learn to live in their own." Peter says, "It's alright, Lu. it's not what I thought it would be, but it's alright. One day you'll see, too." Talk with your grandchildren/children about how life has changes and unexpected things - good and bad, but through it all we can know for sure Jesus' promise is true!  Look at Matthew 28:18, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! 19 Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world." What a wonderful promise! Lead your grandchildren in thanking Jesus for this promise!
I loved "Chronicles of Narnia: Lion Witch & Wardrobe" and am thrilled the second in this series, "Prince Caspian", continues the quality and excellence of the first movie! The return of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy allows all of us to return to the stories written by C.S. Lewis and once again enter the land of Narnia to experience the excitement and danger of this land! An absolute "must have" for every family's video library! 

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