The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Blu-ray Disc, 2008, 2-Disc Set)
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- cannonclubonlin...Nov 02, 2010by
Great Time To Spend With Family Although Sometimes Slow
The whole premise for this movie is and was a great triumph in fantasy film. The characters where lovable and innocent, maybe too naive at times, yet were under-reacting to the situation at hand in certain moments.
As a movie critic, I sometimes fall asleep in the movie theaters after too much soda and popcorn, however, the slow parts that allowed me to do so were nobody's fault except for the poor editing of the studio. After a few winks, I got jolted back awake with a flurry of excitement and wondered what I had missed. Mostly, I missed the parts where everyone was staring around at each other waiting for GOD knows what.
One thing that is worth mentioning is that this film was filmed in many numerous locations including England, Prague-Czech Republic, New Zealand, Poland, and Slavenia. Eight months were spent scouting locations, including Ireland, China and Argentina. Although parts of the film were made in New Zealand like its predecessor, the majority of shooting took place in Prague, Slovenia, and Poland because of the larger sets available. The stone prop was flown from New Zealand to Barrandov Studios in Prague, Czechy. In a remote Slovenian location, everyone had to be checked for ticks on a regular basis, since infestations in the cast and crew's hair were common. Because of tax credits, post-production was based in the UK. to qualify the movie as a British film.
What's a crying shame about this film is that Adamson, the director chose action and battle scenes over character development. There were so many characters introduced it almost dumbfounds the viewer. It seems that the actors are generally overwhelmed by the atmosphere, much like the hamsters in G-force film. In a pathetically feeble attempt to keep fans of the book happy, Adamson plugs in a few scenes or references from the book that don't interfere with his plot. Initially, it's interesting to see what his screenwriter makes up to tie in the other events that are made up with the events from the book. We miss this later in the movie, though, as he soon completely abandons the events from the book until very end. All this happens because he really wants the Pevensies to meet up with Caspian earlier in the film. I have absolutely no idea why this was so important to him to go against the book. It doesn't add anything to the film and it wreaks havoc with the storyline. In his determination to be as faithful as possible to the spirit of the book, Adamson hacks out all the events in Narnia that lead up to the blowing of the horn and almost all of the Pevensie's journey to Aslan's How. Shockingly, cutting out the first half of Lewis' story and replacing it with his own leaves the scenes taken from Lewis' story, both those later in the movie, and the few scenes randomly inserted in the beginning, seeming somewhat incongruous and forced. You can pretty much usually tell what scenes or dialogue are from the book even if you haven't read it, simply by noticing the discontinuity. Whenever, a character seems to be acting out of a character or a scene seems to have little to do with the plot, it's probably from the book.
The only recommendation I have is to continue with the other 5 books and petition Disney to make the films based upon the books rather than just throw something together next time.
I hope to spend more time in the future learning the subtle nuances of the film. The kids loved it, but am not sure if a younger audience could follow all of this.Read full review
- reddot410Aug 21, 2009by
MOVIE IN FULL HD
More exciting than The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian continues the movie franchise based on C.S. Lewis' classic fantasy books. The movie picks up where the first left off... sort of. It's been a year since the Pevensie children--Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley)--returned to England from Narnia, and they've just about resigned themselves to living their ordinary lives. But just like that, they're once again transported to a fantastical land, but one with a long-abandoned castle. It turns out that they are in Narnia again--and they themselves lived in that castle, but hundreds of years ago in Narnia time. They've been summoned back to help Prince Caspian (Stardust's Ben Barnes, resembling a young, cultured Keanu Reeves), the rightful heir to the throne who's become the target of his power-hungry uncle, King Mraz (Sergio Castellitto). And he's not the only one threatened: Mraz's people, the Telmarines, have pushed all the Narnians--the talking animals, the centaurs and other beasts, the walking trees--to the brink of extinction. Despite some alpha-male bickering, Peter and Caspian agree to fight Mraz alongside the remaining Narnians, including the dwarf Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) and the swashbuckling mouse Reepicheep (voiced by Eddie Izzard). (Also appearing is Warwick Davis, who was in Willow and the 1989 BBC Prince Caspian.) But of course they most of all miss the noble lion, Aslan, who would have never let this happen to Narnia if he hadn't disappeared. Prince Caspian is epic, evoking memories of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. (Some of the battle elements may seem too familiar, but they were in Lewis's book.) And it's appropriate for kids (Reepicheep could have come out of a Shrek movie), though the tone is dark and there is a lot of death, albeit bloodless. After two successful films, Disney and Walden Media's franchise has proved successful enough that many of the characters are scheduled to return in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.Read full review
- fashionpassionf...Dec 18, 2008by
MAGIC OF NARNIA CONTINUES!
Features actors:Tilda Swinton, Ben barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Mosely & Anna Popplewell.
Running time: 149 minutes.
Just as Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy are getting used to London and school, Prince Caspian in Narnia blows on the horn to summon the kings and queens of old.Upon their arrival back to Narnia many things have changed, and nothing looks the same anymore.Prince Caspian needs their help his Uncle wants the throne and is trying to have him killed.With no choice left he flees and goes in the forest.The Telemarines have forced Narnians into hiding and capturing any Narnians they find to try to make them extinct.The old kings & queens are realizing that Narnia is now a very savage and different place that when it was when they left.The battle contines to restore Narnians and their land!Full of new creatures & a new journey.
This movie was good, not as good as the first, it doesn't keep you captured into a magical land as the first did, this one is more about fighting at the end.Would only recommend to rent.Hope this helps you to decide.Please click YES at the bottom.Thanks for taking the time to read this! :)Read full review
- biggiantwormJun 19, 2009by
a very good family movie
Prince Caspian was a very well done adaptation to the C.S. Lewis tale. The story itself is darker than the previous Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. One can see the influence of Lewis's friendship with Tolken. I don't want to give away any spoilers so all that I will say on the story is that it is great.
The special effects of this film are c.g.i. as well as make up and animatronics effects. they are all top notch. the video transfer is flawless. the only warning that I must give is that this movie will scare most very young children in many areas. this can be taken care of though if the kids see the special features to see that people are acting.
- 732cliftonJan 13, 2009by
Off the hook effects,Nice story
WOW,I cant believe the special effects,The story is great.I truly enjoy the christian message in it and applaud Disney for putting Thier SPECIAL MAGIC into the screen play. Nice to see in this day and age, Thank you Disney.I hope they continue with the next five and finish it with the last one "The Last Battle". I believe C.S. Lewis is smiling from up above Knowing Disney Is handling His Work.