I was almost uncomfortable today in the Texas heat. But, as my mother quickly reminded me, “that’s what you like, you know.” One of my strong arguments for Texas and the South is the weather, so I have to be careful about complaining.
I called my mom after I left work today and she was tending a fire, waiting for it to die down enough to cook some bratwursts. Now, that’s an Iowa way to usher in the summer months! I almost felt like I was right there – within ten feet of the flame. Then I realized that I was just walking on pavement under a clear, hot Texas sky.
I don’t think “hot Texas” would make news anywhere, so why don’t we move on to something more interesting – one of my favorite topics: C.S. Lewis. I went to see Prince Caspian.
Like any good reader of brilliant fiction, I was disappointed with the first movie because it simply failed to live up to the glory of the film I produced in my head. So, given that, my expectations were quite reasonable for Prince Caspian.
No matter how much of the story is lost in film translation, the pure innocence of the child remains. Lucy Pevensey is of course the most endearing. We love her because we all try to remember a time when we were like her. Maybe some people liken her faith to Santa Claus and fairy tales, but Lucy understands what others are convinced to “grow out of.” But we all secretly hope that we could be more like Lucy. We hope that it is possible.
What is so magical… so brilliant… is that C.S. Lewis did not intend this series to be exactly symbolic of the Christian story as we perceive it here on earth. Lewis instead asked the question, “If God had created a world (a different world, where animals could talk and trees could move and all sorts of other mystical things might happen)… if God had created another such world, what would redemption look like?” (He says something like this in his replies to children – see “Letters to Children“)
Lewis uses the artistic gifts God gave him to pursue this idea to its outermost reaches. He stretched his imagination and took us along. Sure, we are captivated by the characters, the magic, and the absurdities, but the true hook is in the brilliance of reflecting something much greater.
C.S. Lewis so artfully asks us to think about redemption outside of ourselves.