?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Prince Caspian

It didn't really occur to me until we went to see the movie the other day that I don't remember much about this book at all. I was always weird and haphazard in my Narnia readings and rereadings (as I'm fond of boggling brainiacfive with, I started with The Horse and His Boy, because it happened to be what caught my eye in the school library that day), and I probably haven't read Caspian in over 20 years.

I do remember enough to think that's probably best for movie-enjoying purposes, because I got to just sit and enjoy it as something practically new. And not be bothered by how much of it actually is new.

Pretty, pretty movie. Quite worth the price of admission for that alone, and while it's not perfect, it certainly has more going for it than that.

I might have more of an opinion about aging Caspian up if I remembered details, but as it is, he makes as much sense 17-18 as 13-14. I'm sure there must be a hue and cry going on somewhere about the Caspian/Susan proto-romance, and I rather surprised myself by going "Sure, why not?" instead of rolling my eyes.

In fact, brainiacfive and I were both going "LET HER STAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!" He was even working it through in his head before the movie was over to think of whether it would bollux anything up down the road (plotwise, that is; the thematic level is a much bigger can of worms); I was just seeing it as something else for her to lose. (My favorite facetious comment on the topic so far is cleolinda's "If she's going to hell for lipstick and boys, she might as well start now." One chance to snog that one. Definitely take it.)

Edmund. Two swords. Lots of dead Telmarines. Ho. Lee. CRAP. I mean, I know those kids have been busting their butts in training, but whoa. And with that growth spurt going on, yet. The Peter-Miraz duel was also a jaw-dropper, exactly as brutal and nasty as sword-and-shield is supposed to be, even with the PG-constrained minimal blood. (Is it me, or was that PG dangling at the edge of the cliff by its little toesies?) The fights are just a joy to watch, not least because you can watch them. Here's hoping more movies start doing that again.

Yay creeeeepy White Witch scene! Love it from beginning to end -- Caspian being initially willing to listen, and then all "Oh, HELL, no" when he realizes just what deal he's being asked to cut. And then Peter knocking him out of the spell and starting to get caught up in it himself, all topped off with Edmund's snarky little "I know. You had it sorted." There are some pacing and structuring issues in general, but that right there was about seven minutes of gold.

Lucy on the bridge with her little dagger and that smile. O.O I don't know what Adamson captured in that shot, exactly, but I sure didn't blame the Telmarines for holding back and eyeing her nervously, even though they had no idea who/what was backing her up.

Random favorite moment: When the trees come to the rescue, and Peter says "Lucy!" And the look on Caspian's face says loud and clear "Holy crap, Lucy did THAT???" No wonder the poor guy keeps being afraid he's outclassed.

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
stargatejunkie
May. 19th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Random favorite moment: When the trees come to the rescue, and Peter says "Lucy!" And the look on Caspian's face says loud and clear "Holy crap, Lucy did THAT???" No wonder the poor guy keeps being afraid he's outclassed.

Hahaha, oh that was priceless. I loved the movie so much. Seriously, Ben Barnes? Was amazing. I'm definitely planning to see it again.
wiliqueen
May. 19th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
He really was. I was so glad to see it, because the Pevensies were so well-cast, and he had to balance them and especially Peter. And the pair of them, with the teenage-testosterone head-butting... Well, I thought it worked well, albeit while not always showing either boy in a very flattering light.

Which I've seen some grumbling about, especially re: Peter, but it worked for me. Yes, he's a king, and he remembers having been one into adulthood. But he's simultaneously a scared 16-year-old kid with everything riding on his word. The paradox plays for me, and he comes through when it matters.
stargatejunkie
May. 19th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
They really were! I enjoyed the Caspian/Peter dynamic; it made sense to me. Both of them were vying for control, Peter being high-king and Caspian being the heir to the throne.

Exactly. I thought people would get that, but I guess some of them didn't realize what he was going through.
shadowmaat
May. 19th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Lucy on the bridge with her little dagger and that smile. O.O I don't know what Adamson captured in that shot, exactly, but I sure didn't blame the Telmarines for holding back and eyeing her nervously, even though they had no idea who/what was backing her up.
It reminded me very strongly of Terry Pratchett. Rule #1 is "Do not act incautiously when confronting little bald wrinkly smiling men!" I figure "Do not act incautiously when confronting cherubic little girls with cute little daggers" is just a variation on a theme. ;) I can't remember, was she also smiling at the time? 'Cos that would make her even more dangerous. Smiling little girl all by herself armed with nothing but a dagger vs. an entire regiment of battle-hardened men with a full complement of weaponry and armor? The army's definitely screwed. The lion just underscores the situation.
wiliqueen
May. 20th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
She was indeed smiling. It made the moment. It wasn't purely sweet, and it wasn't overtly threatening. Whatever was going on was very subtle. I've been trying to think how to describe it, and the best thing I came up with is that she's not a tame little girl. :->
artorious
May. 21st, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Caspian vs the dorky English schoolboy -- it wouldn't be too hard a choice.
wiliqueen
May. 21st, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
*chuckle* Yeah, somebody made a comment to the effect of "Geeky boy is all 'Hey, baby,' and Susan's like, 'I just got back from snogging a hot prince. Please.'"
ext_83464
May. 29th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
the makers of Prince Caspian kept to the original story surprisingly well... i heard they were going to make it into a silly pure-action flick, but thankfully this was not the case
wiliqueen
May. 29th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
I've seen some people who felt that it was exactly what happened, but I agree with you.

I can't speak to how well it kept to the original story in the sense of Caspian specifically, since it's been so long since I read it, but it felt like Narnia to me. I'm glad to see it seems to be resonating equally well for at least some people who are much more passionate about Narnia than I. :-)
( 9 comments — Leave a comment )

Profile

sugarplum
wiliqueen
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna
WiliQueen's Woods

Latest Month

November 2016
S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by chasethestars