Focus on the Family
30 Jun 2008

Fantasy lovers love allegory. And nobody’s known more for creating allegorical fantasy than C.S. Lewis. So it’s to great anticipation that the second movie in The Chronicles of Narnia franchise (based on the fourth book in Lewis’ series of seven) arrives in theaters. Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter are a year older than they were in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and they’re longing to return to the world that once made them kings and queens.

They get their wish while sitting on a train platform waiting to go back to school for a new term. They’re pulled into Narnia at the request of Susan’s magical horn of need, blown by Prince Caspian. Little do they know that Cair Paravel lies in ruins and 1,300 years have passed since their last visit.

Though he’s not a Narnian at all, much of this story revolves around the titular prince. Caspian is a Telmarine, a human race that has conquered Narnia and driven its diverse inhabitants to extinction. (Or so it is thought.) Caspian and other kids of his generation have been raised to believe that the old stories about Narnia, its magic, the White Witch and Aslan himself are fairy tales.

He comes face to face with the truth soon enough. The lad’s evil Uncle Miraz (having murdered Caspian’s father) only tolerates Caspian because he has no son of his own to inherit the throne. A baby boy changes that equation and Caspian flees for his life—straight into the deep woods that protect pockets of Old Narnians.

Enter the talking animals. Enter the magical horn. And enter the Pevensie kids. The result? War. Caspian and Peter lead their troops into battle against Miraz. At stake? The very soul of Narnia and the Narnians’ fading belief in Aslan.

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