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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Caspian/Susan really ranks up there in terms of crack ships because in the book he's about nine years old and I think they are maybe in the same scene together... once? twice? LOL. It's caused quite a stir among the purists, as you can imagine, especially since I think they'd probably just adjusted to the idea of Caspian being a young man. LOL

I really cannot get enough Edmund love from this movie, though, which if you read my rather spaztic review you probably got. Haha. His performance really makes me believe that this is someone who used to be a man and a great king now trapped in a boy's body again. And also someone who had a great trial by fire and never forgot it. The way he walks, his maturity, his swordfighting, his popping dislocated shoulders back into place... I love it all. *G*

Haha on the thing about Caspian's hair. I never really thought about it, but I do die laughing every time he says to Susan "I wish we could have had more time together." I didn't mind the accent, but for some reason the accent + super-campy line just reduces me to hysterical giggling every time (I've been to see this three times, btw - LOL).
Isn't Caspian older in the next book/movie? Maybe they just wanted to use the same actor.

The accent made me think that he would be good in a Zorro movie. :p
Yeah, they'll be able to use the same actor for Dawn Treader. I think it was probably a combination of factors. The casting convenience, like you said, the attracting of female viewers, and really, I think for a lot of people, a coming-of-age story like this is easier to relate to with someone who has, at the very least, already hit puberty. LOL
The attack on Miraz's castle (which wasn't in the book, from what I understand)

Actually it was, and in typical Lewisian manner, was described a few short paragraphs. I vividly remember the gian goofing up, weeping and being scolded by the mice when his tears got them wet.

I could have done without the Susan/Caspian shipping (or Peter/Caspian shipping that some others saw). Really, casting such an old man for Caspian is just weird. Why does a grown-up need a bunch of kids from another world to fight his battles? It raises a lot of child-soldiers morality issues.

I haven't decided to watch the movie yet. I waited to see the first one on cable and I didn't regret that decision.

Re: sache8's comment, Caspian started the story as a very small boy, but by the time the children turned up, he was probably around Peter's age, somewhere between 14 and 16 by my guess. In the next story, "Dawn Treader", 3 years have passed and Caspian is old enough to court and woo his bride. In the last Caspian book, Caspian is a very old man.

Edited at 2008-05-25 10:04 am (UTC)