Wednesday, December 8, 2010
My thoughts exactly!
After much pressure from my children, who are "the only ones" of their friends who have yet to see the new Narnia movies, I rented Prince Caspian to preview it. I came away greatly disappointed, and very torn about allowing my kids to watch these movies. Why? First, why mess with a good story? The Chronicles of Narnia are fantastic stories, with no need for embellishment or adjusting. I understand that translating a book to cinema requires a bit of adjusting, but that does not justify complete character changes - such as Peter and Caspian and the overarching tension between them, and the "subtle" sexual tension added between Susan and Caspian. Beyond that, the removal of key elements is even more frustrating. The story is missing deep meaning when you leave out the entire conflict between Lucy and her siblings over following Aslan. Eliminating Aslan's appearance to Lucy and her realization that she must follow him regardless of what anyone else does is a pivotal point. That is the kind of message I want my kids to take away from these stories. And how can you forget the moment when Edmond stands up for Lucy, acknowledging that in the past when he didn't believe Lucy, it was to great detriment? If that is not bad enough, after removing these beautiful and significant moments, I guess the writers needed to fill time. They chose to do so by dreaming up a long battle scene at Miraz' castle which does nothing but portray Peter as an arrogant boy who thinks he knows better than Aslan - again completely distorting his heroic and worthy character. I admit, it is hard to say no. What kid doesn't want to see these movies? Am I being unreasonable? Am I just being a controlling parent? Am I reading too much in to the distortions of the story? I was beginning to feel guilty, until I saw this article, and it echoed everything I have been feeling. So, while many may think I am being unreasonable, I think not, and I stand firm in my decision, when a movie destroys truth found within great literature, this family will pass.