Prince Caspian

May 16, 2008 at 8:07 pm | Posted in Books and Movies | 1 Comment

We just returned from seeing “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.” Those who know me know that I am a big fan of the Narnia books and enjoyed the first movie in the series.  This film was an exciting experience to watch, as once again, Andrew Adamson put together a great rendition of the C.S. Lewis book.  As in the first movie, there were some added scenes and some rearranging of the details, which I understand are necessary, to make a film flow in a way that a book doesn’t have to.  The relocation of the critical horn blowing, the way in which Trumpkin finds the Pevensies and the added battle at the castle are all discrepancies we can overlook.  Everyone in my family enjoyed the experience.  Here is a report of the positives and negatives that we discussed after leaving the theater.

On the positive side, the movie version of Reepicheep the mouse is superb, exactly as we imagine him from the books.  One reviewer said he steals the show, and we all would agree.  He is both loveable and valiant, both serious and funny all at the same time.  The Pevensies were all, save Peter, well represented in character as Lewis presented them.  Peter seemed a little too hot headed.  The movie’s beginning was exciting and draws one into the story immediately.  From there the flow of action and humor keeps the film moving at a great pace.  The rise of the river god was an impressive scene.

On the negative side, there were three omissions that deserve critique.  My daughter was disappointed that the celebration of Aslan with Bacchus is not shown.  This scene in the book gives a great picture of Aslan and the praise he deserves arriving on the scene after an absence of so many years.  Second, in the book, Aslan comes to Susan and Lucy to take them to the celebration where the trees awaken to fight the battle, but in the film version, Lucy is sent out on an unnamed errand, apparently to find Aslan.  In Lewis’ version Aslan is in total control, while in the film, the children seem left to their own devices to find him.  Finally, one of the most touching scenes in all seven Narnia books occurs when Aslan meets Caspian’s old nurse.  In the movie version, not only was that scene skipped, there was no mention of the heroine nurse in any way shape or form.  When I read the book, I cry through that scene; I’m saddened the film chose to omit it.

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  1. the makers of Prince Caspian kept to the original story in some ways and strayed in others… i heard they were going to make it into a silly pure-action flick, but thankfully this was not the case


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