Thoughts on Caspian and Home

boogyman22smMy youngest brother and I traded a night of sleep for the first opportunity to see the new Narnia movie. I don’t regret it.

No, it is not as good as the book, but that is in part to do with genre and interpretation, not with actual quality. They hit the nail on the head with the adjustment the children had to make returning to Narnia and finding it a wholly different world than when they left.

Plus, it’s Narnia. You do not want to leave. The parting is made a bit easier by spending the last minutes of the movie saying goodbye with the children and stepping through the doorway from Narnia into the English tube station. Yet we all wanted to stay. None of us could.

For me, the most powerful moment of the film was unexpected and early: when the four children stepped onto the beach near the ruins of Cair Paravel and the haunting strains of music from the first film began to play.

The disbelief and joy on the Pevensie’s faces as they realized they were back and began running down the beach, laughing and playing…the bittersweet beauty of the music…I actually cried–and I am not one to cry over a mere sentimental moment.

This was beautiful. Not because of the beach or the literal melody being played. More than that, it spoke deep in my heart and roused the desire implanted in every believer’s heart to be Home.

As Lewis writes, “The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.” Narnia gives us glimpses of the beauty and stirs up our hunger for its source. We all want to be Home.

Sometimes the homesickness and loneliness for the place we know we belong can be unbearable. Any success through the arts in keeping that desire burning bright within us deserves recognition.

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One thought on “Thoughts on Caspian and Home

  1. Archived Comments:

    Anonymous
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 8:27 AM | Permalink
    Yes… I cried during that scene too. It must have been homesickness. You put your finger on it exactly.

    I cried again at the end, though. I hate leaving Narnia… in a way it represents the fulfillment of some longings that our world won’t satisfy.
    -Teresa

    Anonymous
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 9:58 AM | Permalink
    This was beautiful Natalie.
    I was waiting for you to post something about Prince Caspian and you did not disappoint. Thank you!
    I think the thing that stuck out to me the most was Lucy’s faith in Aslan, her complete trust that He would come though no matter how bleak the circumstances. I want that sort of trust.

    The longing for our heavenly and beautiful Home became tangible in seeing Narnia in that scene you wrote of. Beautiful.
    I’m looking forward to that precious day.
    ~Anna

    MaureenE
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 10:34 AM | Permalink
    I entirely agree.

    Stephanie
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 10:42 AM | Permalink
    That was my favorite scene as well, although I don’t think I entirely comprehended why until I read your words…so true, Natalie! This homesickness can be difficult, but it does make things much sweeter at the same time. We have so much to look forward to, as followers of Jesus!

    setapart4jesus
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 5:07 AM | Permalink
    Yes, I agree, Natalie, that Susan/ Caspian’s romance was unbearable. However, overall, I think that it was good movie.

    patrick
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 5:33 PM | Permalink
    the makers of Prince Caspian kept to the original story surprisingly well, all thinks considered… i heard they were going to make it into a silly pure-action flick, but thankfully this was not the case

    Lisa of Longbourn
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 6:05 PM | Permalink
    I didn’t like what they did to Peter, but I definitely needed his character in the movie. That’s where I was, sitting staring, and praying, and wondering if I can try again when I fail so many times.
    To God be all glory,
    Lisa of Longbourn

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