The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

May 30, 2008 at 4:20 am 4 comments

Like the millions across America who went to see it opening day, I too fell in love with Prince Caspian. Truthfully, how could you not? Everything about this movie, from the opening to the closing is wonderful. Prince Caspian grossed a highly respectable total of 56.6 million during the first box office weekend. As far as sequels go critics have raved it to be even better than the first film, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Boosting an even bigger crew, being filmed in multiple countries, a fantastic cast, stunning costume designs, and breathtaking music The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian easily ranks as my top movie for 2008.

The plot of Prince Caspian ironically centers on Prince Caspian. 1300 years have passed in Narnia since The Golden Age and Prince Caspianโ€™s evil Uncle Miraz has just had a son and no longer needs Caspian to be his heir. Rightful or not Caspian must run away if he wishes to remain alive. Caspian escapes into the woods where he encounters what he thought had become extinct years ago: old Narnia and Narnians. Once Caspian discovers the Narnians he dedicates himself to restoring Narnia to the way it used to be; and if this means war than so be it. Caspian quickly realizes that if he is ever to defeat his Uncle he will need help. That help comes in the form of the four Pensieve children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, the High Kings and Queens of old. Even though itโ€™s been 1300 years Narnia time it has only been one-year Earth time. Caspian blows on the ancient horn of Queen Susan and magically transports them back to Narnia. There follows a magical tale of loss and triumph as the Pensieves and Prince Caspian learn to work together and restore Narnia. Many of the characters that we remember and love from the first film are back and delightful new ones are introduced.

Despite being a wonderful visual treat Prince Caspian also connects for me on a personal level. I was first introduced to The Chronicles of Narnia when I read the books when I was about seven years old. I quickly finished the seven installments and have since then reread them multiple times. C.S. Lewis created masterpieces of children literature and was at the same time able to incorporate faith and the Christian beliefs into the novels. He did it so craftily that if you read the novels or see the movies expecting not to see the parallels then you wonโ€™t; but if you want to delve deeper in the story to what Lewis had originally pictured for the novels then you will see perfect examples of love, sacrifice, etc.

One aspect of the film versions of the Chronicles of Narnia that is highly admirable is that Director Andrew Adamson stayed so faithful to the books. Many movies have been adapted from books over the years but few have been such an honest attempt to stay true to the originals. The Chronicles of Narnia make such amazing books that to change the plot in dramatic ways would not only be a disappointment to a legion of devoted fans but also ruin the essence of the story. Adamson understood this and proved it with the first two spectacular Narnia films.

In addition to being a faithful adaptation of the novel Prince Caspian has the most breathtaking screen shots and score to support it. It was filmed in places such as the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Poland, and Slovenia. The credit songs boost such names as Regina Spektor and Switchfoot, and Harry Gregson-Williams composes the original score. When watching the film the beauty of the visuals, quality of the script and movie production (costumes, set) and music all give Prince Caspian a glorious too-good-to-be-true sort of feeling.

I would whole-heartedly recommend Prince Caspian to anyone who loves adventure with a light dash of comedy and romance. The films more than satisfy those looking for novel to movie adaptations as well. As with anything, go to the film with an open mind and you will enjoy it much more.

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  • 1. Madison  |  May 30, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Okay…So I know Prince Caspian is better than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is a step up from the first. The acting, etc. And I did like it. I just like the first more anyway.

    I’m not a huge Narnia fan. I’m more an LotR girl. And that’s one of the biggest problems: How many of the shots/scenes seemed rip-offs from LotR? Too many. I sat there in the theater thinking, “Where have I seen this before? Oh…I don’t know, LotR, perhaps?” and it started to annoy me.

    PC also seemed to get a little long. I wasn’t necessarily bored, but there were times when I was tempted to look at my watch.

    But my biggest problem with the movie? The merciless killing. These kids seemed to show no remorse for taking lives, and I thought that was really sad. And what was up with Warrior Princess Susan the Gentle? She wasn’t very gentle in this movie. I know the arguments for why they changed her character; I know why they changed that line in LWW. And while I’m fine with the line change in LWW, I’m not fine with Susan becoming a warrior queen. It just was very untrue to the book. And I’m not a women-belong-at-home-and-only-at-home-to-be-wives-and-mothers person, either. It was just disappointing.

    re: the open mind thing, maybe that was my problem. I knew it was going to be different from the book (I liked the changes they made for the most part) but pretty much all my friends raved about it, so I was expecting it to be really really really good. So maybe I was expecting too much from it….

  • 2. Leanna  |  May 31, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I love these movies. I’m not a huge fan of the book series, though I have read them all. I went into the theater hoping for a better movie than the book. I liked them both, but I still like LWW more I think.

  • 3. stargazer100  |  June 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    I think the only reason I ended up really liking this movie is because I went into the theater determined to not associate it with the book or LotR. When I first saw the trailer, I kept thinking about how it looked like LotR and not very Narnia-ish. So when the movie started I just put all thoughts of the book behind me. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have really high hopes for Voyage of the Dawn Treader as it’s my favorite Narnia book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 4. ~Firefly~  |  June 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Anilee- I agree. The killing was really bad, but it happens in the book as well. Not in the same way of course but there is quite a bit of death in PC. I think one of the things that makes it stand out a lot more in PC is that it is a movie so you see a actual visual representation of it. You know you bring up a really good point with Susan. I had forgotten to mention that in my review but it did bother me. I actually kind of like mild female characters that can still defend themselves. Not warriors. (unless it’s called for of course!)

    Leanna- I think to be a fan of the book series you basically have to read them all. It’s fun to see how they all fit together ๐Ÿ™‚

    Leigha- I kind of thought LOTR as well… but not so much as with Eragon. Man that was a total chip off LOTR! I hated that movie! I have high hopes for all the Narnia movies because I love the books SO much! I don’t actually know if I can choose just one as my favorite. I do love VDT because it shows you more of Narnia… and is just really adventurous! Fun stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

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