May 16, 2008
“Prince Caspian” opens today at movie theaters across the country. It’s the second film in the C. S. Lewis series of books called “The Chronicles of Narnia.” I have no reason to believe the second is not just as good as “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
If you have read the books, the Pevensie children return to Narnia after what seems just a short time for them, but in Narnian time, one thousand years have elapsed. The metaphor should be obvious to anyone familiar with Scripture: a day is like a thousand years to the Lord and a thousand years like a day.
Once again they are confronted with good versus evil. Aslan – the Christ prototype – is less a physical presence in this film, but his spirit is ever present and when he does appear, it is dramatic, as always.
Filming on my favorite of the series – “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” with my favorite mouse, Reepicheep – begins this fall with a release date in 2010.
Go see “Prince Caspian.” These are movies those who care about good films should support. The more money they make, the more of their quality will be created.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.