Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday Talks: Prince Caspian

Sorry to be so late with this! We've been having internet problems today.

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm reviewing the recently released sequel to the movie, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe".

Prince Caspian was a pretty good movie, all things considered. It wasn't quite as wonderful as the first movie, though. The first one was perfect. It kept to the book almost perfectly, and was very well done. It was just like projecting what I had been imagining as I read the book onto the big screen! I loved it.

Caution: This is going to contain spoilers!

With "Prince Caspian" they swayed from the book quite a bit. The first thing that bothered me was the fact that Prince Caspian was made out to be a 23 year old hunk, rather than the timid 13 year old he is in the book. In the book, Peter comes back and helps Caspian become ready to take up his throne as the rightful king of Narnia. In this movie, Peter and Caspian are always at each other's throats, since both of them are kingly figures in Narnia.

Something that I loved about the book, and a friend of mine pointed out to me yesterday, was the fact that (in the book) when Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy come back to Narnia, most of them have lost faith in Aslan. Lucy has the strongest faith, and therefore sees Aslan first. As the book, and their faith progresses, one by one, all of them see Aslan -- except for Susan. She takes the longest to recover her former faith in the great lion. She finally sees him. In the movie, Lucy sees Aslan at the beginning and the others don't believe her, as in the book, but then they all see him at once later. It wasn't quite as meaningful that way.

Of course, the most obvious annoyance with this movie is the subtle romance between Susan and Caspian that was definitely not in the book! They kiss at the end.

Other than those few things, it was a pretty good movie. I love what they did with Reepicheep, they really captured his personality from the book. All the mice were hilarious. ;)

I give this movie a three and a half out of five stars.
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patrick said...

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

Anonymous said...

We saw the movie this week and we were very disappointed. I had re-read the book again before seeing it, since it had been a couple of years since I had read it. I don't understand why they stray so much from the original plot!
But it was a well-made movie, and for someone who hasn't read the book, they would enjoy it!

ChristyB for the "B Family"!

Southern Belle said...

We agree that we were also disappointed. There were battle scenes in the movie not in the book and other things that you pointed out. The first one stuck to the original book so well and this one didn't. It was still okay to go. One funny thing is that we noticed is that when Susan got down to about 3-4 arrows, we thought she would run out. The next shot, she had MORE in the pouch (6-7) and she never ran out. That was funny. We almost need to write them because they are supposed to make Voyage of the Dawn Treader next and they need to know what we expect.