Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Prince Caspian

"Prince Caspian", the next film in the series from C.S. Lewis classic work, "The Chronicles of Narnia", opens Friday May 16th in a theater near you. As in the first film, "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe", the filmmakers have strived to keep the integrity of the books, and have even highlighted the theological points C.S. Lewis was trying to make.

The message of the book is similar to the message of the book of Acts in the Bible. How does one have faith in God, even when you can't see Him? How does one believe in the presence of Jesus Christ even after His ascension into heaven?

In this second part of the Narnia story, the children return to Narnia 1,300 years into the future. The land is ruled by a race of men called the Telmarines, and their power-hungry ruler Miraz. The magical creatures of old Narnia have all but disappeared in the face of this human tyranny, and have not been seen in years. Upon the birth of his son, the wicked Miraz attempts to murder his nephew Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne. During his escape from Miraz, Caspian discovers the old Narnians in hiding and joins with them to take back Narnia from the Telmarines. Caspian finds himself in possession of a magic horn—familiar to those who remember the first film—and blows it in his “hour of great need,” pulling the Pevensie children, the famous “kings and queens of old,” back into Narnia to save the day.

C.S. Lewis believed, as the Bible says, that through Christ, God is redeeming all Creation. He sees the creatures in Narnia as being redeemed along with the people. The creatures have their own faith battles, too. Evil is confronted in the person of the bad king Miraz and in the appearance of the White Witch. And Aslan, the Great Lion, reappears once again as the Christ figure, the Savior of Narnia.
See you at the movies!

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