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Movie Monday (3) – Prince Caspian

Pop some popcorn, sit back, put your feet up and tell us about the movie(s) you have seen this week!

This week the movie i’m featuring is from a series that I wish had had more of the series made into feature films. I found it while I was flipping through the various movies available on Amazon Prime (and coincidently this morning in the doctor’s office, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, was playing). My memories of reading these books as a 5/6 year old, are some of my most vivid and I think that the director did a good job of adapting the book to movie and keeping the C.S. Lewis magic.

I know for many people, if you say the Chronicles of Narnia, most people will be able to immediately answer with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (and of course, that could potentially open up the great literary debate – which book comes first in the Chronicles of Narnia…the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which was published first OR The Magicians Nephew which chronologically occurred first…I know what I think, but that is a debate for another day).

If you are familiar with Prince Caspian – it starts off with the Penvensie siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) back in England, approximately a year or so after the end of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. There are, for many reasons, some issues in getting reacclimated (I mean going from being a King to being a kid again has to be kind of a brain blender). What we don’t know is how much time has passed in Narnia since they left – because time is different there (if you remember from tLtWtW, they were in Narnia for multiple years, but no time has passed in England).

What I love about this book is so you see the magic of Narnia from the eyes of someone who didn’t believe in it – the Penvensies’ pretty much just accepted that it existed in tLtWatW, but not so much the case with Prince Caspian. I know looking back that this is a Christian allegory for discovery and finding new beliefs but you have to look hard to find that in the movie.

I don’t think a better job could have been done of picking the actors who played the various roles. When I think back to the last time I read the books (probably close to a decade ago) – I had a hard time visualizing who I could see playing those roles and then the movies were made and it was like oh wow! I’ll admit that i’m hugely partial to Georgie Henley who played Lucy with the innocence conflicting with the desire to be a grown-up. And
can I just say that Prince Caspian played by Ben Barnes is hawt – yeah, i’m shallow enough to admit it, even now, nearly a decade after it was first released.

Have you seen Prince Caspian? Or any of the other Narnia movies? Of the books (if you have read them), which one would you like to see brought to the big screen?

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Movie Monday

 

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