Sunday, June 1, 2008

MOVIE: PRINCE CASPIAN



ABOUT: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 fantasy film based on Prince Caspian, the second published novel in C. S. Lewis' children's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. It is the second in The Chronicles of Narnia film series from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, following The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).

One year after the incredible events of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the kings and queens of Narnia find themselves back in that faraway, wondrous realm, only to discover that more than 1,300 years have passed in Narnian time. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has passed, and Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and is now under the control of the evil King Miraz, who rules the land without mercy. The four children will soon meet an intriguing new character: Narnia's rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, who has been forced into hiding because his uncle Miraz plots to kill him so he can place his own newborn son on the throne.




Work on the script began before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was released, so filming could begin before the actors grew too old for their parts. Director Andrew Adamson wanted to make the film more spectacular than the first, and created an action sequence not in the novel to up the ante. The Narnians were designed to look wilder as they have been hiding from persecution, to stress the darker tone of the sequel. The filmmakers also took a Spanish influence for the antagonistic race of the Telmarines. Filming began in February 2007 in New Zealand, but unlike the previous film, the majority of shooting took place in Central Europe, because of the larger sets available in those countries. To keep costs down, Adamson chose to base post-production in the UK, because of recent tax credits there.


MY REVIEW: Let me make it clear that I prefer the BBC productions of the Chronicles of Narnia instead of these Disney ones. Mostly because the BBC versions were more faithful to the book as where the Disney versions are all about the action and none of the story. That doesn't mean I don't like the Disney ones because I do, it's just that if you would rather see more story than action that has nothing to do with the original books, then watch the BBC ones.

I thought Wardrobe was a great film with awesome special effects, great acting and well done battle scenes. Prince Caspian has all those things also but it takes a more darker route than the first film. Wardrobe was more family friendly where Prince Caspian takes the Harry Potter route and goes for more darker territory. Which isn't a bad thing either, it's just that Prince Caspian goes a little overboard with it. The battle scenes are excellent and the creatures look better than they did in Wardrobe. But all the fun from Wardrobe seems to be missing out of Prince Caspian. At times it felt like I was watching Braveheart.

Harry Potter did the same thing but still manages to keep the fun around. I hope for the third movie they try to lighten things up a bit because when you have cute mice cutting a soldiers throat in a movie that is based on books for children, you're doing something wrong.


MY CHEESY RATING: Prince Caspian rules Narnia and rocks out with 8 out of 10.

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