I have been swamped with work the last few weeks, but not too busy to see a movie or two on the weekends. I reviewed Indiana Jones a few weeks ago, did not bother reviewing Iron Man (it was entertaining but with no redeeming value), and last week saw the latest adaptation of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
In this edition, our four young heroes are transported from World War II England back to Narnia when Prince Caspian blows the magic horn in Narnia. Our four friends find that 1,3000 years have elapsed in Narnia since they were last there and that have been summoned to assist Prince Caspian as he opposes his evil uncle who is plotting to seize the throne.
C.S. Lewis was a brilliant writer, able to portray Christian life principles and values in a way that was both entertaining and inspiring. The movie captures the essence of Lewis as we see our flawed heroes fail, prideful, forgiving, brave, petty, strong and waiting for Aslan, the mighty lion who has the power to save those who put their trust in him. Aslan does not disappoint, but he takes forever to show up, arriving just in the nick of time.
I found myself wanting to stand and cheer during the movie, but my cause for celebration wasn't the movie itself. It was Lewis, who wrote to impact his day and is still impacting society through these cinema adaptations. I wanted to applaud my faith -- I know that sounds silly -- which is so in touch with human drama and realities. (When is the last time you saw a good movie from a Buddhist, Muslim or Hindu writer that captured your heart and imagination?).
I left this movie wanting to do what Lewis had done: Take his gifts and use them in such a way that they touched people where they lived while highlighting eternal issues. If you haven't seen Prince Caspian, do yourself a favor and go. It will do you good, especially if you consider what you can do to touch the world around you like Lewis did his.