Movie Review: Prince Caspian
Posted by Ryan on May 18, 2008
I just got back from viewing The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian at a new movie-viewing location near my new place. So, let me get right to it without ruining the plot for those who haven’t seen it:
I like C.S. Lewis, for both his fantasy novels and his philosophical works. Part 1 (or Book 2 if you’re a purist) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a good movie adaptation because it effectively used tons of religious allegory to tell a mythical coming of age story about four kids sent up North during the Blitz of 1940 who stumbled into a mysterious land. It was full of mystery and wonder and brought us into a new world in which the “Sons of Adam” and “Daughters of Eve” were delivered in order to make things right.
Prince Caspian does a similar kind of thing, but in my opinion with much less allegory and heart. There were moments of struggle, choice, doubt, belief and introspection, but much of the wonder was gone, replaced by more battle scenes with little depth. I liked the increased action, and on the surface it was a better movie than the first one, yet something was missing. I read LWW, but never read Prince Caspian (which is technically Book Four of the series), so I’m not sure how it translated to film. I just had the sense that some of the magic in the first movie was not here. Maybe I needed more of an explanation, maybe I needed more Aslan, maybe I needed more back-story, but something’s leaving me unsatisfied.
I’d give the movie a “B.” Great action, good story, but it left me wanting more — not in a good “I can’t wait for the sequel” kind of way, but rather a “Did I miss something?” sort of way. I’m going to have to read the book now.
Pic from Movies.com archive.