The latest Narnia film is a fantastic journey from start to finish. The focus lies on the two youngest Pevensie characters, Lucy and Edmund. Once again they find themselves in Narnia, and are reunited with their dear friend Prince Caspian.
They have grown as people, and are led on a perilous voyage which constantly puts their lives at risk. During their quest, Edmund’s desire to rule is fuelled by temptation and the authoritative Caspian. Their relationship is rocked by great conflict, and we see a darker side to Edmund before they are awakened to reality. The once overlooked Lucy steps into her own as a strong-hearted young woman. However, struggling to accept herself and her own natural beauty, Lucy makes a wrong decision and needs Aslan’s guidance to find her feet again. She is played charmingly by Georgie Henley, who commented: “I think it’s always important for fantasy films to have real issues for the characters to deal with, otherwise the audience can’t connect with them.”
Impressive sword-fights with slave-traders showcase their skill and bravery, and also demonstrate the strong family bonds that they share. They battle to save the people of Narnia but first have to face their own fears. The addition of cousin Eustace brings a fresh dynamic, as he provides hilarious outbursts and witty remarks to crowd-pleasing effect. Being cowardly and lacking a belief in the magic of Narnia, he comically struggles to keep up with the others.
Old friend Reepicheep, seen only as a giant talking mouse to Eustace, joins the group. As events unfold the most unlikely of friendships is formed, as Reepicheep guides Eustace in his time of need. This uplifting relationship brings much needed character and humour to the film. All the characters experience some kind of self-affirmation, and the morals throughout are relatable and inspiring.
Aslan has become more of an ethereal character, often appearing simply as a guiding voice, and at times almost like a conscience. The way his character acts definitely embodies the idea of the Messiah Christ. Skandar Keynes who plays Edmund, said of the author of the books: “C.S. Lewis has a reputation of being a big Christian, and there is a message there that you can see with Christian eyes, however they are also universal values.” Director Michael Apted delivers this unique vision in creative and deeply satisfactory style.