This is a good movie, Has a lot of action and adventure in it. I was disapointed because I was looking forward to seeing the characters more in detail. It seemed to be focused on Peter and Caspian most of the time. And the battle scenes seemed to be dragged out a bit to long, But It is a good film overall. I really enjoyed the river god scene, the white witch in the ice, the fight between Peter and Miraz, and the end is very emoitional, they time the muisc and clips just perfectly, It will make you teary eyed. I really enjoyed seeing the children in a more adult adventure, It really shows how they have all grown and matured, Especially for Edmund, Since he was the black sheep of the family in the first film (The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe) This film is like a second chance for him to do things right. It really portrays a good side that you didn't really see in the first film. But Edmund doesn't get the credit he deserves, He really deserved more screen time and lines in the movie. I was also really disapointed that Lucy didn't get more time on the screen. You can really see how much she has changed since the LWW. She seemed to be a character that didn't come into play often enough. You can still see that she is the same faithful Lucy as she was. She still has the faith she portrayed in the first film, Which is really what I love about her, And she has such a depth of woner and adventure in her it's really quiet contagious, She has always been one of my favorite characters because of that, I love her spirit and her belief in the impossible. And I feel she wasn't given enough screen time in this movie. And now as for Peter, His character isn't as nobel and kingly as it was in the first film. He is finding it difficult to accept Caspian and his ideas. He still wants to be in charge and be the only king. And at the begining of the movie in the train station, When he gets into the fight, It shows that Peter in his normal life was dealing with being second man, and being underestimated, And he carries on that attidtude into Narnia, But in the end he becomes humble and the whole experience really helped him out. As for Susan, She really is growing up as well, She is really becoming more of a teenager in this film, Dealing with things that all teenage girls go through, She has a more bold, strong attitude about her. She is more involved with the battle then she was in the first film, She has really grown and she still has her beauty. Really loved her character in this film. And for Caspian, He is really a nice addition to the film, It portrays a boy who has dreamed his whole life of creatures, people and places that had existed, and dreaming of being apart of it one day, And then the chance arose and he becomes entangled in the middle of it all. His character is really inspiring, And he really is a great addition to the characters. I loved all of the creatures especially, Aslan, Reepicheep, Badger, Trumpkin and all the others. Overall the film is really beautiful and has a few kinks like dragged out battle's and not enough character time but it is worth the watch and money, There is some really beautiful scenes and the animation is remarkable and believable. Highly recommended.
Great Time To Spend With Family Although Sometimes Slow
The whole premise for this movie is and was a great triumph in fantasy film. The characters where lovable and innocent, maybe too naive at times, yet were under-reacting to the situation at hand in certain moments.
As a movie critic, I sometimes fall asleep in the movie theaters after too much soda and popcorn, however, the slow parts that allowed me to do so were nobody's fault except for the poor editing of the studio. After a few winks, I got jolted back awake with a flurry of excitement and wondered what I had missed. Mostly, I missed the parts where everyone was staring around at each other waiting for GOD knows what.
One thing that is worth mentioning is that this film was filmed in many numerous locations including England, Prague-Czech Republic, New Zealand, Poland, and Slavenia. Eight months were spent scouting locations, including Ireland, China and Argentina. Although parts of the film were made in New Zealand like its predecessor, the majority of shooting took place in Prague, Slovenia, and Poland because of the larger sets available. The stone prop was flown from New Zealand to Barrandov Studios in Prague, Czechy. In a remote Slovenian location, everyone had to be checked for ticks on a regular basis, since infestations in the cast and crew's hair were common. Because of tax credits, post-production was based in the UK. to qualify the movie as a British film.
What's a crying shame about this film is that Adamson, the director chose action and battle scenes over character development. There were so many characters introduced it almost dumbfounds the viewer. It seems that the actors are generally overwhelmed by the atmosphere, much like the hamsters in G-force film. In a pathetically feeble attempt to keep fans of the book happy, Adamson plugs in a few scenes or references from the book that don't interfere with his plot. Initially, it's interesting to see what his screenwriter makes up to tie in the other events that are made up with the events from the book. We miss this later in the movie, though, as he soon completely abandons the events from the book until very end. All this happens because he really wants the Pevensies to meet up with Caspian earlier in the film. I have absolutely no idea why this was so important to him to go against the book. It doesn't add anything to the film and it wreaks havoc with the storyline. In his determination to be as faithful as possible to the spirit of the book, Adamson hacks out all the events in Narnia that lead up to the blowing of the horn and almost all of the Pevensie's journey to Aslan's How. Shockingly, cutting out the first half of Lewis' story and replacing it with his own leaves the scenes taken from Lewis' story, both those later in the movie, and the few scenes randomly inserted in the beginning, seeming somewhat incongruous and forced. You can pretty much usually tell what scenes or dialogue are from the book even if you haven't read it, simply by noticing the discontinuity. Whenever, a character seems to be acting out of a character or a scene seems to have little to do with the plot, it's probably from the book.
The only recommendation I have is to continue with the other 5 books and petition Disney to make the films based upon the books rather than just throw something together next time.
I hope to spend more time in the future learning the subtle nuances of the film. The kids loved it, but am not sure if a younger audience could follow all of this.
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MAGIC OF NARNIA CONTINUES...
Features actors:Tilda Swinton, Ben barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Mosely & Anna Popplenell.
Running time: 149minutes.
Just as Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy are getting used to London and school, Prince Caspian in Narnia blows on the horn to summon the kings and queens of old.Upon their arrival back to Narnia many things have changed, and nothing looks the same anymore.Prince Caspian needs their help his Uncle wants the throne and is trying to have him killed.With no choice left he flees and goes in the forest.The Telemarines have forced Narnians into hiding and capturing any Narnians they find to try to make them extinct.The old kings & queens are realizing that Narnia is now a very savage and different place that when it was when they left.The battle contines to restore Narnians and their land!Full of new creatures & a new journey.
This movie was good, not as good as the first, it doesn't keep you captured into a magical land as the first did, this one is more about fighting at the end.Would only recommend to rent.Hope this helps you to decide.Please click YES at the bottom.Thanks for taking the time to read this! :)
'Caspian' Improves on Source Material, First Film
The Narnia books are notoriously difficult to adapt to film. The sparse writing style of C.S. Lewis leaves much to the imagination — a big problem for the screenwriter charged with adapting the books. The filmmakers of "Prince Caspian," though, have succeeded admirably, crafting a movie that improves upon both the source material and the first Narnia film.
"Caspian" follows the titular prince as he flees home in fear of his scheming uncle and takes refuge among the Narnians, a previously proud race forced into exile and hiding. Meanwhile, Caspian and his new army call the kings and queens of old — Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy — to help win the land back from the usurping Telmarines.
Whereas the book focuses mostly on Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy's quest to reach Caspian, the film develops the novel's backstory in an epic — and in my opinion — superior fashion. Events that occurred only in flashback now take center stage, making for a narrative that is more cohesive.
If you enjoyed "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," you owe it to yourself so see this sequel — a rare sophomore effort that improves upon the original.
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"Prince Caspian" is a very good movie for children and adults alike. It is the second in a series of seven books written by C. S. Lewis, called "The Chronicles of Narnia". So far, there have been two new film versions of these books, and they are extremely well done, and the special effects are fascinating. I encourage anyone who may have an interest in children, and fantasy to see this film. I loved it! Diana Ferree
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