The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Reviews
The first film was nice and quite a stand alone film, this is treading the same ground but it all links together nicely with the plot and cast, there's no continuety probs, not quite sure how they get to Narnia in the first place though, kinda odd. The cast is good, cliched and run of the mill but good, although the Spanish accent thing going on with Caspian is really lame haha sounds and looks like a cheesey Zorro character lol. Its actually quite violent as well, lots of people being killed with arrows and swords, even a beheading!.
The ending is waaay too happy and clean, should of left it open for the obvious third and I hated the mouse thing...'shrek' almost popped up I think haha jesus. Its a good film, looks great and you are drawn in but its just very late and unoriginal now, the third will be even worse I'm afraid, about 5yrs ago it would have rocked ass.
I am having fun comparing this to the older versions, watching the older versions and then seeing this more up-to-date adaptation is quite amusing. What a read this must of been cause just watching this is quite a trip, adventurous and entertaining.
I will say that although this was an awesome sequel, I still am very fond of the first part. 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' is still a better story but otherwise this is still a hit. The actions is... you just gotta see it, it's awesome! I wonder what the next episode has in store for me cause I'm in the mood for more of that Narnianian fictitious chocolate!
I wonder if they'll make the whole series? Anyway it's been quite a journey since endeavoring on this fantastic voyage but there is still one more trip for me to take to complete my Narnia expedition and that is to go aboard the 'Dawn Treader' in the latest episode so far. Bon-voyage!!
The first frames of the film show a woman going though intense childbirth. Due to its intensity, I was thinking the film was going to be intense and action-packed. I thought the baby being born was Prince Caspian. A few minutes later, we are proven wrong. The teenaged Prince Caspian is then shown running away from his castle and being chased by Telmarine soldiers. He passes out and finds himself in Narnia, a land with inhabitants believed to be extinct. The Pevensie children then drop in. Its been centuries in Narnian time but only a few years to the Pevensies. We then discover Narnia is in war with the neighboring kingdom of Telmar. The Pevensies then join forces with Prince Caspian to restore peace in Narnia.
Okay, the plot is great but the way the film progresses is such a pain! There is a lot of action but there is a good amount of just slow dialogue scenes. The run-time of 2 1/2 hours feels like 3 1/2 hours due to the slowness. This is the main thing that threw off the film for me. I have a thing for movies that are just story development and lack excitement. This is just like "Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix" only slightly more entertaining.
The acting is great. Ben Barnes is really tight as Prince Caspian. The Pevensie children's performers are great as well. Eddie Izzard is funny and enjoyable as Reepicheep.
The effects are astounding like the original. The action is much better than the first. I adore the fact that there are two back-to-back action sequences. Very intense and awesome. Speaking of the action, the deaths were not that original. A lot of them were just an arrow to the chest. LAAAAAAAMEE!!!!
The Telmarine soldiers looked like the Immortals from "300". Did the film's costume designer even hear about originality?
"Prince Caspian" is not as good as the first but is still a good watch.
"I was going for something a little more original."
My personal favorite of the series, so far. Stronger performances, more emotion, and more conflict. Great battles scenes, too. Add in the brilliant musical score and you have a highly enjoyable film!
While Prince Caspian hasn't grabbed that top spot for me just yet and I doubt it will definitely be near the top of my list. Yes I wish they had focused more on character development,and yes I could have done with a tighter shorter end battle and a fleshed out bonding scene between Peter and Edmund but its still a roller-coaster of a ride that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go till that ill judged final song kicks in.
Ben Barnes disappointed me I must say, he was rather blank in the face if you know what I mean. He had one expression and we saw it over and over and the quality of his acting wasn't as good as I was led to believe but it didn't spoil the film for me. The heart and soul of the Narnia films for me will always be the Pevensies. In particular Skandar Keynes as Edmund did an amazing job given the fact he was not centre stage in the movie.I found myself drawn to him on screen more and more. He really was the hero of the film as far as I was concerned and the best actor on screen. I'm so pleased he's continued to develop into a brilliant actor.
The film is a little dark for young children and one child in my cinema had to be led out as she got upset. Whoever got Disney that PG rating is a good salesman! I've lost my heart to the Narnia franchise so maybe I'm easy to please but one thing's for sure I'll be waiting impatiently for 2010 and the wonderful Dawn Treader story.
A plea to the new director-please give plenty of screen time to Edmund next time. He really shone in the limited time he had in Prince Caspian and could do wonders in Dawn Treader. Now I have to wait patiently again to see Prince Caspian in England
Nikabrik: Sorry to disappoint you.
After a disappointing first entry, Disney attempts another go at the Narnia series, and fortunately this second film is much better. There are still some problems, but overall this film succeeds.
A year has passed in the real world for the Pevensie brothers and sisters first visited Narnia, but upon their return, after being summoned, they find that time in that world has advanced over 1000 years.
Now Narnia has been overtaken by another group of people, who have their own ruling problems. A prince was forced to escape his own kingdom due to relatives power grabs, resulting in his alliance with Narnians and their summoning of the Pevensies.
Once Peter, Edmond, Susan, and Lucy return, they team up with Prince Caspian and the other Narnians hoping to deal with the possible evil and maybe even find Aslan to help them out even more.
This film attempts to go darker than the last, which is for the most part true to the book, but the reason this still doesn't become a great movie is due to what has to be put into a film like this.
As a book, talking animals mixed with medieval action can be handled very well if written well. This movie has a problem in trying to contain both epic action and family oriented entertainment. It pushes the boundaries of its PG rating, but it still feels very kiddy in parts.
However, this movie does succeed in a number of places where the last movie definitely was lacking. Namely, the visual effects. This time around, the creatures and humans are all very well crafted to exist together in very good looking environments provided by New Zealand and sound stages.
It also helps that all the human actors do a good job. The four Pevensie children are all good enough. Peter expands a little bit beyond straight up good guy leader and Lucy still manages to be cute and innocent. Ben Barnes is also pretty good as Caspian, although the injected feelings between him and Susan was unnecessary. Peter Dinklage steps in as Trumpkin, a dwarf, making for the best character of the bunch.
As far as talking animals go, although there are some goofy moments, my favorite character from the books, Reepicheep, a swashbuckling mouse fits right into this film and is given a voice by Eddie Izzard to cheer things up a bit (although it is odd to see a mouse make jokes as well as presumably kill people).
Overall, this is a better installment of the Narnia series than the last, but it still needs to find a way to capture a balance between its fantasy epic and family fantasy aspects.
Lucy: Oh my God, he's so cute.
[draws his sword]
Reepicheep: Who said that!