Friday, May 16, 2008

Prince Caspian

So as I stated in my last post Muffin and I went to see Prince Caspian. Overall I think it's a fantastic film, I'll try to give a fair review without spoiling it for anyone. I have few complaints, none of which are major. My biggest is the choice of Ben Barnes to play Caspian. The book is pretty clear that Caspian was a pre-teen or in his early teens at the oldest and Barnes is obviously much older. However this is forgivable and Barnes actually does an adequate job with the part. And for some reason the producers felt the need to add some romantic tension between Caspian and Susan that the book makes no mention of and really does nothing for the story line. I could nit pick other things but for the most part the movie is a faithful representation of the book. As for what I liked, oh my. where to start. Visually the film is absolutely stunning, the scenery is gorgeous and the effects are even better than the first film. Where LWW had at least one scene where the CGI was obvious, there were no such scenes in Caspian. The CGI animals are even more impressive than they were in LWW. Aslan comes across as even more life like and Trufflehunter the badger is done incredibly well. Personally it was awesome to see one of my favorite literary characters, Reepicheep the mouse, brought to life with incredible realism and personality that matches the one I pictured when reading the book. Even at over 2 hours, it was the type of movie that I was disappointed to see end and will definitely see again.


Kathie said...

I can't wait to see it!

jewlsntexas said...

Thanks for the review! It's about time. I've been waiting all day!

Trufflehunter and Reepicheep are two of the voices I loved doing the MOST when we were reading the book.

I can't wait to see it.

Shasta said...

When? When are we going to see it again??? HUH??? HUH??? *in my best little kids annoying voice*

My review, loved it want to see it again and again and so should you. :)

Kirsten said...

I was actually a little disappointed in it's variance from the book. The Susan/Caspian thing was a cheap hollywood thing to do and the timing was all wrong to the Pevensies to join up with Caspian which led to a mixed up scene in Aslan's How with the white witch and the "I just need a drop of blood" (where did that come from?) bit. I also don't remember the storming of the castle in the book. Maybe you can jostle that one but I can't pull it out. Oh, and the tension between Caspian and Peter? I felt in general it went for the drama over the thought provoking. Sorry to be a rain on the parade, but I had to vent somewhere and you happened to talk about it!
P.S. I still liked it as a movie though!

Big Red Driver said...

Kirsten thinks too hard. We're going to go see it when I can find a place for the little guy to hang out.