Saturday, May 17, 2008

Narnia: Prince Caspian

The four kings of Narnia are summoned back to the magical land after being home for a year. (Or 1000 years in Narnia) I thought this sequel was much less magical that the first. The characters, new and old were not as interesting as in the first one. Once again Narnia is threatened with a massive battle and the war drums beat, and armies are assembled and marched. Not nearly as dramatic as the first film, this second take had something missing.

The lion, Aslan (Liam Neeson) was not in the movie till the end and only played a small role which was disappointing. And Prince Caspian, the film's namesake did not do or say anything very interesting. He was just sort of there. I mean the film wasn't horrible, but definitely lacked the magic needed to bring it up to the level of the first film. It was almost like the film makers and actors made the movie as if is was a chore, something they just had to do and get it done. Rather than a labor of love, like Lord of the Rings.

I still recommend checking this out at the theater, just do a matinee. It's good to see a return to that magical place that is Narnia and I believe a third film is in the works, let's hope they do a better job next time!


Wixenstyx said...
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Wixenstyx said...

I think most people found it a little disappointing. The first did a fairly decent job of staying true to the plot of the book upon which it was based, but this one had so many serious deviations, additions and significant omissions that many of the Narnia fans I know walked away feeling let down.

Personally, I cannot understand why they insist on making Peter behave like a jerk.

Come visit us at NarniaMUCK sometime.

-Bill said...

Thanks for your post, Wix!

I have read the books, but it was many years ago so I can't speak to how close the movie follows them, so thanks for that insight.

And I agree, Peter was rather rude! I guess they are just trying to create tension! Cheers!