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— are mag­i­cally trans­ported from Eng­land into a world where an­i­mals can talk, where Je­sus is a lion, and where the chil­dren grow spir­i­tu­ally as they over­come dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Prince Caspian” is a year later for the chil­dren in Eng­land, but over a thou­sand years have passed in Nar­nia when the chil­dren are mag­i­cally drawn back into Nar­nia, (“Drawn into Nar­nia” was Lewis orig­i­nal ti­tle for the book, writ­ten in 1949). Nar­nia has been in­vaded by a group of hu­mans called “Tel­marines.” They have con­quered the land and have driven the Nar­ni­ans (talk­ing an­i­mals, fawns, dwarfs, etc.) into hid­ing. The Per­ven­sie chil­dren help in the fight to re­store Nar­nia. C. S. Lewis said that he saw this story as a bat­tle for truth, and “Prince Caspian” is more vi­o­lent than “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” As the chil­dren have grown older, the story has be­come more ma­ture.

The cen­tral themes in “Prince Caspian” are courage, self-sac­ri­fice, and faith. Ex­am­ples of he­roes abound, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Great­ness is es­pe­cially found in small pack­ages — a valiant mouse, a faith­ful badger, and the youngest of the chil­dren, Lucy, as the one most open to faith.

There are sev­eral scenes in the movie that are just worth paus­ing and talk­ing about.

While camp­ing out, Su­san asks Lucy, “Why do you think that I didn’t see Aslan?” Lucy says, “I don’t know, maybe you didn’t re­ally want to?”

Which brings us the ques­tion, how much do we re­ally want a closer walk with God? Are we lis­ten­ing for God’s voice to­day?

And again, Lucy says to Aslan, “You’ve grown!” Aslan replies, “Ev­ery year you grow, so shall I.”

How is it that God gets big­ger as we grow?

And when Peter and Caspian are de­bat­ing whether to at­tack or to for­tify, Lucy sug­gests that they seek Aslan. “Have you for­got­ten who re­ally de­feated the White Witch?” Lucy said to Peter. “We’ve waited for Aslan long enough,” said Peter. He then led the Nar­ni­ans in a dis­as­trous at­tack on Mi­raz’s cas­tle.

How many of our mis­takes come out of rash de­ci­sions and a lack of wait­ing in prayer?

Many lessons are also taught in this movie by il­lus­trat­ing poor choices — the re­sults of Peter’s pride, or Caspian’s de­sire for vengeance, or Lucy’s ini­tial fear. But the chil­dren work through their weak­nesses and grow in faith. In one par­tic­u­larly pow­er­ful mo­ment at the end of the story, Lucy says to Aslan, “I knew it was you, the whole time I knew it, but the oth­ers didn’t be­lieve me.”

“And why did that stop you from com­ing to me?” Aslan asked.

How is it that we let peer pres­sure keep us from fol­low­ing the Lord?

Prince Caspian is a very good movie. It makes me ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of C. S. Lewis’ story all the more. Watch the movie, but read the book first.

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