Christianity Today: 2 1/2 stars (out of 4) for “Prince Caspian”

Are you looking forward to the appearance of Bacchus in Prince Caspian?

Alas, you won’t see that scene.

That’s just the beginning of the cuts that concern Peter T. Chattaway in his review of the movie at Christianity Today.


Chattaway does find the film quite entertaining.

But I just wish that efforts like this one, and like Alfonzo Cuaron’s extraordinary film Children of Men, would do away with the label “Based on the book.” Rather, they are new stories, “Inspired by elements of the book.”

I love what was announced at the beginning of the film The Name of the Rose: “A Palimpsest of the Novel.” That tells you right there that this is *not* going to be the story written by Umberto Eco. Rather, it’s commercial entertainment in which someone else’s premise was reimagined, shaped into something new.

Now, contrary to how it may seem, I’m not “out to get” Prince Caspian. It sounds like an exciting action adventure. I’m just questioning any filmmaker or publicist who talks about bringing C.S. Lewis’s story to the screen. Because if the reviews I’m reading are true… they didn’t do that.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • striderdemme

    I don’t remember the dancing scene…me thinks I should reread Caspian after seeing the film.

    But I will miss the school trashings.