Prince Caspian Silences This Movie Talker

I’m a movie talker. I am also a movie writer—no, not a screenwriter, a movie viewer who writes the good lines in my little notebook. But when my family took me to see Prince Caspian in an actual theater for my birthday, I forgot my notebook and didn’t talk at all!

Now, as I write, I realize why I talk and write in the midst of an expereince—these verbal tools sear the impressions in my mind in the moment before they are lost. That’s the moment when my creative thought process reacts and processes the story and how it relates to life. Nonetheless, my total absorption in this movie was not lost after its end nor was the ensuing discussion diminished.

The second movie in the Narnia Chronicles stepped into an even deeper symbolic understanding of what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Aslan is the fictional lion that leads the land of Narnia as a Christ-figure.

In the conclusion of the first movie, the four kings and queens of Narnia return to England for a year, but time continues in Narnia, bringing forth a new generation of dangers and a new leader, Prince Caspian.

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are called back to help, they discover a changed land where Aslan does not seem to exist. This time they know who they are and their capacity to lead. However, even for leaders, change requires humility to reach their potential. While Edmund is the one humbled by sin in the last movie, this time, Peter is the one to learn this lesson.

Pride is a painful lesson. Since we cannot view ourselves from the outside, pride is difficult to distinguish and overcome. The young knight Peter develops his potential and then feels capable to serve. As king he moves forward according to his best plans. But in carrying out his plans, Peter still cannot lead on his own. The results show his need for Aslan.

When I face a situation when pride blinds my own eyes, I tend to depend upon what I’ve known from the past rather than looking beyond with faith. For me, I always ask for that help from Christ first, but then I begin a process of talking it out with myself and trusted friends to awaken in me the solutions I can internalize. However, like Peter, if I get scared that the solution from Christ might not come in time, my talking may turn into a worried effort to storm the castle on my own. Then, in the midst of rushing toward the desired outcome, I am surprised by the castle gates that block my way and try to fight at those barriers.

How much I must become like the little child Lucy who can still see Aslan and perseveres toward him rather than toward the enemy.

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2 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Jun 14, 2008

    Great review and insights! I enjoyed the movie too but didn’t think through it all quite so in depth.

    I think you are right that our past experiences tend to color how we handle the future when God just wants us to trust in Him and He will be faithful to meet our needs.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Ryan
    Jun 14, 2008

    First favorite movie of all time: Narnia, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

    Second favorite move of all time: Narnia, Prince Caspian.

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