Friday, May 16, 2008

Review: The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian

I was kinda indifferent about the first Chronicles Of Narnia because the purposeful C.S. Lewis Christian themed allegory was altered with the introduction of Santa Claus into the movie - for no apparent reason.

The sequel is a darker film than the first. It’s also a much better film than the first.

Not going through the warddrobe and entering Narnia through the subway made the story lose a little nostalgia for me.

Midway through ... things really pick up and the story gets back to the original material from C.S. Lewis.

I don't know why it is ... but I love Eddie Izzard's voice. I liked it in Across The Universe and the Ocean's series. Izzard voices Reepicheep, a butt kicking, soldier-killing mouse. This character adds a lot to the film in my opinion.

There are a few pretty terrifying scenes - the PG-13 rating is really pushed at some points due to the visuals towards the 2/3 point ... but the scene in the first movie where Aslan was shaved and killed is also pretty brutal.

There certainly is more of a feel of an anti-Atheism sentiment in this movie than there was in the first.

If you liked the first film, then you’ll like this one. If you didn’t, you might find more to like this go around.

I still can't understand why Disney hasn't latched onto this like Universal has with the Harry Potter films and aren't building a theme ride/experience at Disney MGM studios in Florida.


Liz said...

Hey there. I've been reading your blog for quite some time, but have never felt the need to comment, until now.

I haven't seen the new Chronicles on Narnia movie yet, but as a big fan of the books, I just had to point something out.

You mentioned the inclusion of Santa Claus in the first movie had "no apparent reason" and altered the allegory. Perhaps its been a long time since you read the books, but Father Christmas (as Santa is termed in the book) is actually an important character in the books and his part in the movie follows the original text pretty closely. While his inclusion may indeed alter the allegory, this is an alteration that C.S. Lewis made.

Also, I have to point out that while you feel the movie looses a little nostalgia by opening in the subway, this is also based on the original text. The wardrobe has no place in Prince Caspain. In fact, at the end of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the professor tells the children that they cannot return to Narnia through the wardrobe:

"But don't go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don't try to get there at all. It'll happen when you're not looking for it."

I have to commend the film makers for being true to the novels, even though it may have been more compelling to begin Prince Caspian in a similar manner to the first movie.

FYT said...

Thanks for the corrections - its been since 1981 that I had read the books ...

That said - I thought the first movie had a lot less of a "Christian" theme.

The subway tearing apart just seemed borrowed (Harry Potter) ... that's what I meant by that.