At the end of my 22 hours awake yesterday I went to watch the new Chronicles of Narnia ‘movie’ with some of the other IT guys here. We had talked about watching Indiana Jones, but some who had already seen it put us off.
Prince Caspian, as it turned out, was great. Although my long day meant that I dozed a bit near the start, once the action started, I was kept awake and entertained. It’s been years since
we read through the Narnia books together as a family, so I really couldn’t remember the plot to tell you how faithfully Disney kept to C.S.Lewis’s book. I quite enjoyed The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe especially with a knowledge of the allegory involved, but it felt a bit too much like a kid’s film for me to really enjoy it. Prince Caspian is great for kids too, but Disney have definitely cranked up the special effects and made it a spectacular which allows it to better bear at least some comparison with Lord of the Rings.
Two scenes particularly reminded me of aspects of LotR: the spectral appearance of Jadis, the White Witch reminded me a lot of the way Galadriel looked when she was tempted to take the one ring, and the fantastically spectacular intervention of Aslan near the end was of course reminiscent of the scene where five Nazgul are overwhelmed by the flood waters produced by Gandalf and Aragorn at the Ford of Bruinen.
Go and see Prince Caspian in a decent cinema whilst it is still running. It’ll be a while before
most of us can afford the home cinema equipment necessary to appreciate the work which has clearly gone into the production. I’ll look forward to reading the Narnia Chronicles to our youngest three in a few years time, but I might just go and reread Prince Caspian to pick up the bits of the plot which I missed while dozing off at the start last night. I ‘ll also take a look around the web and see how allegorical C.S.Lewis intended it to be. If you know, feel free to add comments.