In what has become somewhat of an opening day tradition (if twice can be considered tradition), my eldest and I have just returned from a journey to Narnia. Prince Caspian has always been my favorite of the series so I was especially anticipating this film.
I was not disappointed. Despite my obvious bias, this film is good. It is in many ways superior to the first, and is a delight for those familiar with the books as well as those not. The special effects were superb, the young actors seem to be much more comfortable with acting, their characters, and themselves. It doesn’t try to be a comedy, but is full of witty humor. It is not an action film, but is action-packed from the beginning chase to the closing battle. While there are changes to the story, they are minimal and only a Narnia-purist of the highest order would object.
This is a film to be enjoyed by all who would enjoy the books (well anyone over 7 or 8. Certain scenes will be too intense for younger children). We sat in a packed theater with a 60-ish couple behind us, a trio of college age girls to our right, and a young couple with elementary age children directly before us. A pair of high-school age boys passed us on the way out, debating the logistics of an attack on a castle. Some were obviously familiar with the books, and others were equally obviously unfamiliar.
Apparently some had anticipated a minimalizing of the “Christian allegory,” in this film. The Christian element is as obvious in this movie as it is in the book. While there is not the overt gospel present in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” Prince Caspian has its share of spiritual truths. The story is a good story and stands alone, but if you know what you are looking for, the spiritual pointers ARE there. (See this article for an example.)
If you’ve never travelled to Narnia, Caspian is a fine introduction. If you have, there’s no better time to return.