Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Review of Prince Caspian

MacBeth's opinion has a very good review of the new Narnia film here...

I was impressed by her balanced enumerating of the well done Vs. badly done points.



ScienceMom said...

Good review, MacBeth. I don't know that I would call objecting to the wholesale changes to the storyline "nitpicking," though. ;-) I really didn't care for the gratuitous additions to the plot nor the subtractions from it. I particularly didn't care for (spoilers ahead!):

1. An attack on Miraz's castle which Peter insists but which turns into a disaster with a lot of Narnians getting trapped and killed. One of my sons also wanted to know why the mice didn't cut / gnaw through the ropes for the drawbridge instead of just working the mechanism. Silly oversight and somewhat out of character. In Lewis's view, grace builds on nature -- talking mice are still mice.
2. Lucy taking off with Susan to find Aslan while Peter fights Miraz. Erm, hello?
3. This is really the biggest. They cut and/or changed some small but really pivotal scenes containing Lewis's messages about faith and truth and doing the right thing. Oh, look, MacBeth posted on that already.

One of my boys said on the way home that it was like they took the characters from Prince Caspian and then made a different story that featured the same cast. That's pretty close, except that several of the characters weren't quite right either. The boys really rolled their eyes over the kiss at the end.

It was beautiful, and Narnia itself was very well done, though. If you aren't expecting it to actually be Prince Caspian you could really like it. :-) We were honestly disappointed.

MacBeth Derham said...

Thanks for the post! I am glad yo liked the review; and sciencemom is right...noting wholesale change is not really nit-picky ;) . "Different story...same cast" is just what my guys said!

Patrick Roberts said...

the makers of Prince Caspian kept to the original story better than i would have expected... i heard they were going to make it into a silly pure-action flick, but thankfully this was not so much the case