The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

I'm all about taking the kids to the movies this summer, I guess.

I liked The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which we saw in a real movie theater right after it came out, but it didn't leave a lasting impression on me. When I've caught glimpses of it since then (one of the kids bought the DVD, so it's been viewed a few times), it seemed way too serious. So I wasn't all that excited about Prince Caspian. I enjoyed it, though.

Here's my take on the Chronicles of Narnia movies thus far: they're beautiful to look at, even stunning at times, and the action is exciting and intense (also strangely bloodless). I don't remember the books that well, but I suspect that what's getting glossed over in the movies is the thought processes of the characters as they make very important decisions. I also suspect that their choices and how they get there are the most important part of the stories, so maybe that's why the movies don't stick in my head.

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  1. Haven't seen Prince Caspian, but Lion seemed a little weird to me. The first 90% of the movie was so directly allegorical to the story of Christ that when Aslan resurrects and starts splattering the heck out of everything in sight... I mean, I've *thought* of writing a book where that happens, but so far I've managed to resist.

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  2. Well, there is no splattering, unless you saw the bloody version. In the one I saw, all the swords remained pristine throughout all the stabbing and throat cutting. But you raise an interesting point, one that I had not allowed my mind to touch, but I do remember feeling a mite uncomfortable. Maybe that's the part that's missing from the Bible, the part where Christ comes back and kills all the bad guys?

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