Too many battle scenes — 1 year ago
‘Prince Caspian’ is probably my least favourite of the Narnia books; early reviews had not really been too enthusiastic about the film version, so it took me until now to watch it on DVD
The opening of the film works well. Caspian’s mentor was exactly as I had imagined him, urging his young protegé to escape. The scenes when Caspian is discovered by the Narnians also, I felt, kept fairly close to the book and were well done.
When we switch to the Pevensie children in London, there seemed to be some irrelevant extra parts.. but they duly arrive at the ruined castle, and gradually realise what’s going on… so far, so good.
It’s a long time since I read the book – at least twelve years – but even so, I became aware of more and more deviation from the book. Particularly irritating was the unpleasant rivalry between Peter (William Moseley) and Caspian (Ben Barnes). Still, the much-touted’ love interest’, such as it was, seemed very low-key and not actually unrealistic or unlikely in the circumstances. It wasn’t necessary, but it didn’t seem to me to do any harm.
Aslan and the other talking animals are very well done, and I was captivated by the mouse Reepicheep, who provided some light humour in the midst of some quite tense scenes.
But, alas, the rest of film was basically, a series of rather tedious battles, played out in too much detail. The book does have a lot of fighting; but one can skim the detail in a book. Some of it was rather violent, and I’d have personally given the film a ‘12’ rating rather than the ’PG" which both the UK an US censors decided was appropriate.
Worth seeing as part of the series, but if you haven’t read the book or read (or seen) the first one, this would probably be rather confusing.