This movie was better than the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (reviewed here). Prince Caspian was a good movie.
-The story is pretty different than the book, though recognizably related. It works OK, at least as well as mechanically reproducing the book would have.
-The story is still too much Adventure and not enough Romance. This ruined the first film more than it does this film, though, because the feel of Prince Caspian the book is a more warlike and adventurous feel. Even so . . . someone should tell the fightscene choreographers that in the Narnia books, ‘the bolt of Tash falls from above’ move in swordplay is ridiculuous, not gee whiz awesome. And someone should let the writers know that Sir Reepicheep is not just a kick-butt scrappy dude. He is the comic but sympathetic exaggeration of aristocratic honor. The film doesn’t show that until the end, by which time it almost seems out of character. An opportunity lost. Honor is the element of the feel of Prince Caspian the book that is most missing from the film.
–I need to see more movies or y’all need to see less. The problem with the arts these days is that they are too bifurcated: fine art is too exclusive, endlessly quoting and commenting on itself and comprehensible or enjoyable only to those who have made it their life, while popular art lacks subtlety or intelligence. I would have said that movies suffer from being “popular,” but while watching this film I wondered if movies might also suffer from being “fine.” The overwrought, lurid action (to me) might well suit y’all who watch these things all the time and enjoy the choreography and spectacle for themselves.
–Others abide our question, but Trumpkin the dwarf stands free. He is absolutely perfect, much more himself in the film than what I imagined reading.
–The growing-up theme with Peter and Susan leaving Narnia forever hit me deeper in the film than in the book.
–The trust-in-Aslan theme from the book got too much play.
–The Aslan of this film is, I’m sorry to say, mostly a tame lion. I see him publishing a self-help book and doing the daytime talk circuit.
Some good reviews here. I mostly agreed with the Greydanus review, though I obviously think the movie’s version of Trumpkin was a noteworthy creation even though it wasn’t the one from the books.