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If you haven’t read all the Narnia books, you may want to skip this post
Okay. We went to see Prince Caspian this weekend. Friday actually. We could have gone to the late show Thursday night to catch the very first showing possible, but I’m glad now that we didn’t. for a couple of reasons.
First off we would have been up really late. Movies that start at 12:05 and goes for almost TWO AND HALF HOURS means I would have been getting to bed around 3 a.m. ……on a “school night” No, I don’t have kids, but I still call Sunday through Thursday “school nights” cause we have to get up at 5:30 the next morning. yick. Besides, we both work at University, so it IS a school night. We probably would have gone to the late showing if we could have gotten up a crowd, but it seems that while people were interested in the movie, no one was so enthused as to want to be up quite that late.
Turns out to have been a good thing actually.
Friday evening, before leaving my desk at work, I checked out the reviews. The critics were widely divergent in their opinions of the movie. Comments ranged from “dull, boring and too long” to “magical and vibrant” ! With such a range to pick from what was a Narnia fan to think? Was I about to waste money going to see this thing? Would it be better to wait and see it on video?
Well we went anyway and I have to say that I loved it. It is possible that the mixed emotions I entered the movie theatre with actually helped. Since I didn’t have sky-high expectations, the movie surprised and pleased me.
Some people might have had problems with the story-line tampering that went on. Normally I definitely have problems with this type of thing, but the few changes they made in the story details simply WORKED. The fleshing out of the scene in Aslan’s How (in the book it is the discussion of bringing back the White Witch) was heightened by having Tilda Swinton actually in the scene. Her power is so appealing to both the older boys since they both feel powerless and totally disconnected from Alsan at that point in the film. This is some thing that didn’t really come through in the book, but was very effective on film.
The subtext they added with Peter not being able to to handle “stardom” was perfect. Especially his mishandling of Caspian. I even liked that he gets into fights in our world because he can’t deal with being “treated like a kid” And his introduction of himself as ‘Peter….the Magnificent” was brilliant.
Also well done, was the budding relationship between Caspian and Susan. That subtext makes her ultimate rejection of Narnia in the later books so much more poignant. Since, had Susan remained a faithful believer in Narnia, she and Caspian would have spent eternity together. The actor who played Caspian was subtle enough with his reaction when he discovered that Susan was going away that he just about broke my heart.
And for fans of the books, I think they got Reepicheep just right. I had always wondered how the feather stayed in place without a hat and they solved that “problem” quite neatly. Izzard played him perfectly. And I was so proud of how they walked the line with him. He’s funny, but not cute.
I will be seeing this movie again soon, but I won’t be paying $10 a ticket to see it. I’ll see a matinee or wait for the DVD release. Caspian is worth the money to see again, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I don’t have the money right now.