3 Stars – Wholesome
C.S. Lewis’ series, is engaging cinema. Although the story is not as allegorical or insightful as the first film, the special effects and cinematic techniques are improving. Adapting and directing these first two films, Andrew Adamson
Playing with time and belief, Lewis’ four Pevensie children, introduced in the first film, return to Narnia after a year on Earth, but 1,300 years in Narnia have passed. The victories of the first film, in which the White Witch’s demonic power is broken and all of Narnia is freed, have all been lost. This time, it’s not black magic that has defeated the Narnians, but rather the greedy schemes of the Telmarines. With hundreds of years of increasingly barbaric rule, a wise and courageous Professor Cornelius (
Vincent Grass), who was born of a Narnian mother, risks his life to become the teacher of Caspian the 10th (Ben Barnes). Told as fairy tales to the young heir to the Telmarine throne, the Professor teaches the Prince all about the land of Narnia, with its talking animals and divine king, Aslan (voice of Liam Neeson
When Caspian’s aunt gives birth to a son who could become king if Caspian were killed, the Professor saves Caspian’s life. As the Prince is fleeing the castle, the Professor gives him a horn to blow should he need the help of the Kings and Queens of old. Falling into danger, Caspian does so, and the four “sons and daughters of Adam” are magically brought back to Narnia after centuries of being away.
), is the first to experience Narnia but is not believed by her siblings, in this second experience, she sees Aslan as he attempts to guide her, but the others don’t. Their inability to see Aslan and the questioning of Lucy’s vision is similar to those who don’t experience God and disbelieving those who do. Spiritual experience is often personal.
) who breaks the spell. He is able to do so because he was once under the White Witch’s power. This is true of most destructive experiences, for those who were once under the addiction’s control are best able to help others become free.
For those who have not read the children’s stories by Lewis, we won’t spoil the tale, but we can expect that it is courage and faith that bring victory over the evil ones. That is a lesson that children of all ages need to learn.
Cinema In Focus is a social and spiritual movie commentary. Hal Conklin is former mayor of Santa Barbara and Denny Wayman is pastor of the Free Methodist Church. For more reviews, visit www.cinemainfocus.com.