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Review of Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Most of you know the plot because you've already seen it, so I'll just skip mentioning that part and get on to what I thought about the movie.

I know I sound like a broken record, but, once again, I didn't read the book. Or at least I don't remember reading the book. I read "Dawn Treader" but I can't quite remember the plot of that story.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I didn't know what to expect from Prince Caspian going in, but my expectations were a little high thanks to how The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe performed. By the end I figured my expectations were just a little too high.

On the plus side, most of the religious aspects were nicely done and subtle, and the performances by the Pevensie children were quite good. Caspian, however, was a tad annoying. Upon first seeing the trailer, did anyone else expect him to shake out his hair or something when he introduces himself? "I'm Prince Caspian, and my hair is gorgeous!"

The attack on Miraz's castle (which wasn't in the book, from what I understand), was well-designed in not just the action but on expressing how even the best laid plans can fall apart. Their pride wounded due to their defeat, it is easy to understand why Peter and Caspian would be tempted by the White Witch. The final battle wasn't nearly as good as the one in LWW, but I loved Peter's duel with King Miraz. The occassional rifts on how they expected the Narnian Kings and Queens of old to be older were always funny. While Edmund's role was larger in the first film, he was an excellent supporting character this time around, especially during his time as Peter's second during the duel. "Just keep smiling." Priceless. Someone said that the flashlight/torch deserved an award, and I heartly agree.

The girls were fantastic as well, but this was more Susan's story than Lucy's, I think. Both of the elder Pevensies faced their most difficult challenges in this film; Peter coming to grips that he wasn't the High King anymore, and Susan getting use to life as a young-woman in war-time London. The sparks between Susan and Caspian were obvious from the start, breaking the hearts of any Peter/Susan shippers (disgusting creatures that you are :p).

And of course there is Lucy, the one with the strongest faith in Narnia and Aslan. Her bad-ass stand at the bridge, knife in hand, and Aslan at her side was another priceless moment.

All in all, I give Prince Caspian a grade of B.

My review of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
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