Monday, May 26, 2008

Prince Caspian - First Impressions

I (Scot) just got back from seeing the movie "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian." I may write a fuller article about this later on, but for now let me give some quick impressions. First, is it any good? Yes, very. I wouldn't rank it with the "Lord of the Rings" movies, but it's definitely on par with the best of the Harry Potter movies. It's worth your time and money.

Also, though the book is a little bit lighter on the Christian themes than the first book, the movie actually has more. Part of this is because the writers re-structured the events of the book in order to add more dramatic tension, and yet, suprisingly, most of the really potent moments come from scenes written only for the movie. (mild spoiler alert) As a result, Aslan doesn't appear to the group. Instead, Lucy has to go off on her own to find him, whereupon the two have an amazing conversation about how Lucy had to take a step of faith and come to him, even though none of her friends and family were willing to do it. That conversation alone is worth taking your Japanese friends for. Also, when the white witch shows up in the movie (you've all seen it in the trailers), we are treated to another amazing moment.

Oh, and the movie has Reepicheep. If that doesn't mean anything to you, it will after you see the movie.

So, after my first viewing, I highly recommend it. Strictly as a movie, it's good. As an adaptation of a book, it shines. As a dialogue starter with Japanese friends, you don't want to miss this opportunity.


Robin Goodfellow said...

Big fan myself. I saw it two days ago and was very pleased with the screenplay. Some talk-back sites were complaining about this time wasted where Lucy thinks she sees Aslan and blah blah blah... It made me sad that so many people missed the main point of the story. The first book is about Creation, second, Salvation, the third, Membership into a new Family with a new Life (discovering you are a lost Prince) the fourth, this one, is about Faith and action and the stories go on and on.
I was very pleased. Entertaining and, you're right, a good conversation starter - esp. here in Japan.

Stephen said...

It wouldn't be the same without Reepicheep! Can't wait to see this one.

Paul Nethercott said...

We, the Nethercotts, saw Prince Caspian today -- we all really enjoyed it. Thanks for the heads up and good review Scot!

patrick said...

the makers of Prince Caspian kept to the original story in some ways and strayed in others... i heard they were going to make it into a silly pure-action flick, but thankfully this was not the case