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Friday, May 16, 2008

Prince Caspian, the movie

I have seen Prince Caspian, the new Narnia movie. As others have said, it isn't the same as the book. What movie is?

For one thing, there is more fighting in the movie, including an attempt to take King Miraz's castle, which isn't in the book at all. For another, Susan is much more active in the fighting than C. S. Lewis would have wanted. And the score is loud, to go along with the fighting. But it's a good enough movie, and Aslan, and honor, and not taking personal vengeance, are elevated. Georgie Henley, as Lucy, is splendidly appealing, as she was in the previous Narnia movie.

Here's a quote from the book (not the movie):
"You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in Earth. Be content." Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia. New York: Collier Books, 1970. pp. 210-211. To Caspian, who wishes that he had come from a more honorable lineage.

Thanks for reading. See the movie.


Julana said...

Yes, it was a good movie, but I think it departed from the book too much. Way too much fighting. Does Susan have to kill to be a strong person? This is not part of my belief system.

I hadn't remembered that wonderful line came from that particular volume of the series. It is one of the best quotes from the Narnia books.

Martin LaBar said...

May 24, 2008: Thanks, Julana!

patrick said...

the makers of Prince Caspian kept to the original story better than i would have expected... i had heard they were going to make it into a silly pure-action flick, but thankfully this was not so much the case

Martin LaBar said...

June 5, 2008: Not as much as it might have been, anyway.

Thanks, patrick.