Prince Caspian Blog Reviews

  Here are some reviews that I read on Prince Caspain, the second installment of the Chronicles of Narnia.  Feel free to link to your review, or some other review, in the comment box.

  • Dr. Melissa Clouthier gave Prince Caspian 4/5 stars.  She liked the unavoidable morality in the story. the set design, and the attractiveness of Ben Barnes, who played Caspian.  Like me she thought that the storyline and editing were choppy with lots of actions left unexplained.

 

  • Amy Letinsky thought that Christ was very apparent in the movie.  She focused on three main points:  We should act in Jesus’ strength instead of our own, we should follow Jesus even when it’s not popular, and the longer one walks with Jesus the bigger He gets.  She put a very positive slant on her review because she had read some negative reviews concerning the weaking of the Christian message in the film.

 

  • The Brock at The Brock n’ Roll Blog gave the film 4 stars (excellent).  He thought that the cinematography and the music were amazing, with which I agree.  He thought that the sword play in the film was well done.

 

  • Chas Andrews had three problems with the movie, although he liked it.  He wanted more information about what happened between the time of the first film and the time of the second film.  he thought it was lacking a lot of the magic of the first movie, and he thought that more background information was needed for one of the beings that appears in the movie.

 

  • The blogger at Proleptic Life thought that the movie departed from the book too much, especially in regard to the dialogue.  He was disappointed that the pivotal scene between Lucy and Aslan was modified so as to weaken the spiritual teaching in it.  Like me he felt that the storyline was very hard to follow, unless you have read the book.

 

  • Matt Boone liked the film very much.  He liked the imagery, the dialogue and the characters and felt the same kind of excitement as reading the books for the first time.

 

  • The blogger at Beyond Faith MInistry gave it 3/5 stars.  He thought that the difference in maturity between Peter and Caspian was not workable, and he thought that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was better overall. 

 

  • C. E. Moore at The Christian Manifesto gave the movie 4/5 stars for Family Value and for Entertainment Value and 5/5 stars for Spiritual Value.  As I and other people have written, he thought that there was less story than in the first Narnia movie, which was both a plus and a minus.  He thought that the movie developed the themes more than the characters, which was also both a plus and a minus.

 

  • Stel Pavlou thought that the film was very good.  He espeically liked one of the battle scenes.  He agreed with many others that the movie’s storyline had problems.  He feels that the Christian message is there, all right, just as in the book.

 

  • Kris Rasmussen at Idol Chatter was highly disappointed that the film weakened the spiritual themes of the book, as I was.  He thinks that it is wrong for critics to excuse the lack of fidelity to the book, when they would never let the Harry Potter series or the Lord of the Rings series get away with it.  He wrote, “I think part of the mistake with this adaptation is that the key moments that were at the heart of the book, didn’t truly make it on screen.”  Nevertheless, he thought that Prince Caspian was good.
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8 responses to “Prince Caspian Blog Reviews

  1. thanks!

  2. Longing for Holiday

    We overslept on Sunday, so Caspian was our “church” service. It was a great family affair. The way I look at it, I’m just glad our kids like the Narnia series. We’ve listened to the audio tapes (got through 1/2 of Caspian for the second time before the movie). We’ve read some of the books to the eldest. They know who Alsan represents and after the movie, we had a good discussion about the fact we need to rely on God to win the battle, but that He doesn’t always show up when we expect or want Him to (he’s not a tame lion, after all). Plus, it was a well done movie (better than the first, I thought).

    Even though Douglas Gresham was Exec Producer, if non-Christians were writing and directing, well, they just don’t get it. Whenever nonbelievers try and portray Christian things, they can’t pick up and accurately represent the lessons of spiritual formation that we intuitively understand. The best I ever saw by an unbeliever was Robert Duvall’s The Apostle. That was fantastic.

    Three negatives: Caspian’s hair looked odd, like some ill-fitting rug. My 5 year old TWICE had me take her out to the potty. Last time we get a LARGE drink. And I felt ill after eating so much popcorn.

    RG: Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. There’s a review at Iambic Admonit. She didn’t like it.

    In response to the previous comment – it’s nice to see a Christian who does “get” spiritual formation; so many just seem to think “I’m saved and that’s it, I don’t need to develop spiritually”.

    And I do occasionally meet atheists who understand the spiritual journey. As the Quakers say: “Be open to new light, wherever it may come from.”

    RG: Thanks for the line and for the compliment. I know what you mean about some Christians. The Quakers are right about many things, and I have several spiritual mentors who are Quakers.

  4. unless its a flourescent lightbulb in their home!!!

    RG: Stop being so funny.

  5. Sorry! It was WIDE open, and being the sarcastic one that I am I felt no other choice!

  6. Longing for Holiday

    Hey, Meta: Yea. It’s scary that many Christians don’t think about being spiritually formed (which begs the question: are they really inhabited by the Spirit?). That, and the lack of Biblically knowledge, is a bain of the church today.

    I see what you mean re the light, too. But there’s something about God’s conviction and lessons that I can’t imagine translate to those who haven’t felt them. Well, at least to any nonbelievers I don’t know. And to many believers I do know, for that matter (please see note above).

    What about incandescent litebulbs?

  7. Longing for Holiday

    are the bain?

  8. (oh that’s weird WordPress is now letting me post as myself instead of as metapagan)

    Depends what you mean by God’s conviction and lessons (if you mean humility, love, compassion, etc, then I think these are inherent in human nature, but then I don’t believe in original sin).

    Lightbulbs (incandescent or eco-friendly) are the source of much wisdom in the form of lightbulb jokes — as in “How many [insert denomination/religion] does it take to change a lightbulb?” If you can laugh at the ones about your own tradition, then you probably possess a modicum of wisdom.

    Lack of Biblical knowledge…. I meet many Christians who seem to know the Bible, but haven’t felt the spirit, or read it in the light of tradition or their own experience. Bishop Kallistos of the Orthodox Church has written an interesting piece on how to read it: http://orthodoxeurope.org/page/11/1/4.aspx
    which breaks out of the fundamentalist trap of taking it all literally.

    Hmm, gone way off-topic here. Sounds like the worst thing abut the film is what they did to the character of Peter; almost as bad as what the makers of LoTR did to Faramir (who is my favourite character).

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