The trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is out, stirring up all sorts of reactions from Narnia fans awaiting the movie's release on May 16.
With the filming now finished, director Andrew Adamson—who also helmed The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe two years ago—must now turn to the editing process, deciding what to keep and what to leave on the cutting room floor. I realize I'm a couple weeks late for a Christmas wish list, but nonetheless, here are a few things I hope Adamson will address as he puts the finishing touches on Prince Caspian, the movie.
First, please don't forget the apologies this time. In C. S. Lewis's original version of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the scene where Edmund is reunited with his siblings begins like this: "Edmund shook hands with each of the others and said to each of them in turn, 'I'm sorry,' and everyone said 'That's all right.'" For reasons we can only speculate about, Andrew Adamson's film adaptation left out Edmund's brief but vital statement of remorse.
Lewis's protagonists are not just fallible, they are often very fallible. Like us, they can and will make mistakes, and when they do, Lewis is quite clear that there is a proper way to reconcile afterwards, one which begins with true repentance and a genuine apology. In the book version of Prince Caspian, after making mistakes, Trumpkin apologizes to the four children, Peter apologizes to his siblings and to Trumpkin, Lucy apologizes to Aslan, Susan apologizes to Lucy, and Peter apologizes to Aslan. And each of these apologies is the real deal—no excuses, no blaming someone or something else, and no false contrition as in "if my actions offended anyone, I am sorry they were ...1