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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  • 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.