06 June 2008

Aslan and the Prince

In everyday life—and in the extremity of war—Aslan often seems far away, and at those times, individuals often seek deliverance in the wrong places.

This reality comes through in Andrew Adamson’s "Prince Caspian." Lucy’s faith still shines, Reepicheep does not disappoint, Ben Barnes’ Prince Caspian comes across with appropriate daring, deference, and humility, and the filmmaker’s development of Edmond gives audiences another reason to look forward to "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.'


Other aspects of C.S. Lewis’ allegoric conflict between materialism and faith, however, might not come through as clearly. Aslan seems a little too tame; Peter comes across as stuck up at times; and Susan’s struggle gets lost in her newfound skill with a bow. Purists will also notice Caspian blows Susan’s horn at the wrong time, and Miraz seems to have a harder time persuading the Telmarines to make war.


This criticism might reflect more on what Adamson did accomplish, but some will wonder what a few strategic adjustments might have produced.

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