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(2008), PG [Hard PG*] (2hr 16min)
to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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December 20, 2008
December 22, 2008

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2008), PG [Hard PG*] ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Walden Media, Ozumi Films, Propeler, Silverbell Films, Stillking Films
Distribution (US): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Director(s): Andrew Adamson
Producer(s): Andrew Adamson, Douglas Gresham, K.C. Hodenfield, Mark Johnson, David Minkowski, Perry Moore, Marianna Rowinska, Poland Philip Steuer, Matthew Stillman, Diego Zanco
Screenplay by: Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Novel: C. S. Lewis
Cinematography/Camera: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Film Editing: Josh Campbell, Sim Evan-Jones
Casting: Nancy Bishop, Pippa Hall, Liz Mullane, Gail Stevens
Production Design: Roger Ford
Art Direction: Frank Walsh (supervising art director)
Viewed on Walt Disney Home Entertainment DVD, Distributed by Buena Vista

Sponsored by the generosity of CZ

This is not a "Christian" film. That the film is based on the works of a Christian author does not make the film Christian.

It has been a year since the four child kings and queens of Narnia came back through the wardrobe to the reality of London in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The children; Peter (Peter Pevensie), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley) have aged but one year since the doors of the Wardrobe last closed. But the lands of Narnia have aged 1300 years, Aslan seems nowhere to be found and evil Lord Miraz (Sergio Castellitto), adult uncle of teen heir to the throne Prince Caspian the Tenth, is plotting to kill the prince after killing his brother, the prince's father, some years ago. All this chicanery is to ensure uncle Miraz becomes king of the land. Since Caspian is the rightful heir to the throne when he reaches adulthood, Miraz stands to lose his self-claimed crown unless another heir is established. Lo and behold Queen Prunaprismia (Alicia Borrachero), Miraz's wife, gives birth to a son. Now Miraz sees no need for Caspian.

What is the common denominator the above paragraph? Since you've asked I'll tell you. Killing. That is the underlying theme to Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. There is enough killing and other violence in this Narnia installment to make the film equivalent in violence to some R-rated features. Enough to earn the film an investigation area score of zero in Wanton Violence/Crime. More about this in the individual investigation area discussions following this summary/commentary.

As Prince Caspian the Tenth is running for his life from Miraz's Telmarine soldiers through the woods, Caspian runs into some remnant surviving Narnians: two dwarfs, Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) and Nikabrik (Warwick Davis); a talking badger, Trufflehunter (Ken Stott ). Side Note: Though Dinklage did not get much screen time he was, in my opinion, one of the best performers of the whole cast.

Just before Caspian fled Miraz's castle, old confidante Doctor Cornelius (Vincent Grass) gave Caspian a strange horn with orders to blow the horn only if all is lost. It was the horn given to Queen Susan 1300 years ago. It had "magical" powers to summon the four child kings and queens back to Narnia. In a moment of pain and submission after being knocked off his horse while speeding through the woods, Caspian blows the horn. And when he does, the long-gone four child kings and queens of Narnia reappear in Narnia -- one year older and 1300 years after they left.

In a subway tunnel with a runaway subway train speeding by them, the four child kings and queens are transported back to Narnia ... 1300 years after they left Narnia one year ago. After the train disappears into the horizon the kings and queens of Narnia find themselves on a Narnian beach near Cair Peravel. Exploring the area the four kings and queens find the 1300 year old runs of their kingdom ... their royal garb and weaponry still there.

From there, the child kings and queens of Narnia enable the Narnians to recapture their land. I will not try to itemize the story or plot.

Let me now get into that which most parents, grandparents, pastors, youth leaders and more come to our pages to learn.

Below is a comparative of the scoring data for both Narnia films. Caspian is nearly a moral carbon copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with the same configuration of losses. They each even earned the same final score of 70. Both films are high scoring in Impudence/Hate, Sexual Immorality, Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide. Both films earned a zero score in Wanton Violence/Crime and a relatively low score in Offense to God. In a more familiar perspective, both films are G-equivalent in Impudence/Hate, Sexual Immorality, Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide but are R-equivalent in Wanton Violence/Crime and Offense to God.

A note on the R-equivalent scoring. The R-equivalence (a score of 54 or below out of 100) is not because of the intensity of violence of any particular instance of violence as is typical of R-rated features but because of the sheer number of them. For more information see our CAP Rule of 1000 publication.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
This investigation area found enough violence to earn a Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area score of zero. There is much sword play and deaths by swords, by arrows and other improvised weaponry. Much attempted murder and planning of murder. Blades and crossbows are also used to threaten and hold hostage. Much intense warfare and battle. Though there is no gore noted there are numerous instances of individualized killings during battle scenes. See the itemized listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a more complete accounting of the violence content. [Prov. 13:2, Amos 3:10, Prov. 16:29, Prov. 3:31-32, Ps. 7:16]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
While childbirth is certainly a beautiful thing, but it would be best left out of entertainment for children. The scene of Queen Prunaprismia giving birth to a child is rather graphic. But aside from the arrogance of the filmmakers to include such childbirth intensity, the lying, once resulting in many deaths, was the only other matter of Impudence/Hate found in this film. God is eternally serious about lying. [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There was nothing noted in the content of this film to warrant the loss of any of the starting 100 points in this investigation area. It is free from any gratuitous or other forms of demonstrating sexual immorality.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Likewise as with sexually oriented content there were no cases of drinking alcohol, use or possession of illegal drugs, smoking or abuse of prescription drugs in the 216 minutes of the film. In the matter of Queen Lucy using a magical potion to miraculously heal, such portrayal was incorporated into the Offense to God investigation area.

Offense to God (O) - 53 out of 100
Mythical beasts used as performing characters were noted throughout the film. Further, a number of instances of unholy transporting to another time and place, a number of unholy resurrections and magic animations of plant life (flower petals, trees) were noted. In addition, there is talk of drinking blood. Finally, resurrection of the witch from the first installment is attempted by an evil hag and her familiar by the giving of Caspian's blood. Whether intentional, these unholy matters are mockery of God and His Word. [Gal. 6:7]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 93 out of 100
Other than Lord Sopespian (Damián Alcázar) murdering Miraz, all deaths noted in this film were deaths by warfare or defensive killings. This investigation area does not incorporate attempted murder/suicide, defensive killing, death by warfare or death by police action as murder.


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  • Prov. 13:2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
  • Amos 3:10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery [plunder] in their palaces.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence, no matter how "small" it might seem, and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen whether for good or evil. Knowing of Prov. 16:29 you now know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence. [These verses speak to having violent desires and thoughts as well as violent behaviors. So, don't let the violence seen conjure violence in your heart nor let your heart be drawn into the "He got what he deserved" trap.]
  • Ps. 7:16 The trouble he causes [mischief] recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [all forms of evil/magic to force or do harm], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked [which includes His Word]: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • attempted murder by crossbow, repeatedly, once with multiple shots to kill one victim
  • pursuit to kill
  • assaults during escape to save life
  • action violence of varying intensities
  • brawl among teens
  • dead body
  • hit to face, repeatedly
  • arrow and/or sword killings, frequently, no gore
  • attempted murder by drowning and by other means. frequent;y
  • sword play in bravado
  • animal attack with killing of it
  • arrow impalement, repeatedly
  • sword threat to throat
  • long sequence of battle warfare with many deaths, no gore
  • individualized killings in battle, many
  • deaths by fall
  • field of dead and dying
  • talk of wanting someone's blood
  • neck slicing
  • sword fights with injuries, frequently
  • intense battle sequence with many deaths, no gore

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 88 out of 100
  • intense childbirth sequence
  • lies, repeatedly, once causing many deaths

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 39 out of 100
  • unholy transporting to another time and place, three times
  • magical animation of trees and flower petals
  • multitude of mythical/evil beasts, frequent
  • talk of drinking blood
  • evil beings, one likely a witch, the other her familiar
  • attempt at resurrection of evil
  • unholy healing by potion, repeatedly, thus calling evil good [Isa. 5:20}

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 93 out of 100
  • arrow impalement murder

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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