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Linguistic anachronisms aside...

Starting with Caspian rather than having him tell them the story later works better for a film. Starting with the birth of his baby cousin works nicely. A shame Doctor Cornelius didn't take him up to watch the eclipse, though. Still, having him randomly wait around watching while the soldiers discover he's not in his bed is good for dramatic effect and also goes a long way to explaining why, though he appears to be about 27 years old, his uncle is still ruling as regent for him.

What a shame they had to have him chased: having the storm and the trees lashing at him would have been wonderful foreshadowing. (I gather the voice of Reepicheep made him more dignified than the director had originally intended. I'm flabbergasted because he was still awfully slapstick.) OTOH fair enough to cut out the random housecalls and just cut to the hornblowing. OTGH a shame that this 27-year-old not-king doesn't get to do something without the Pevensies' help: in the book he wages battles and makes weighty decisions; in the movie he flees, trips over, blows the horn, and gets knocked out.

I have no idea why Susan needs a geek admirer, nor did I ever quite understand why the boys had to get in a brawl. Apparently this is to show that they're having a tough time adjusting to being just kids again.

The return to Cair Paravel wasn't too bad though I think the book handled the mystery better. True, the movie handled it quicker, which is important when one wants to add extra battles that aren't in the original.

Random minor other deviations because the book apparently wasn't good enough for them.

Politics! Really fun politics with people snarking at each other; I can approve of those changes.

Lost in the woods... well, can't complain too much though where it comes to Aslan's way vs Peter's way I think the book really is more thoughtful.

And no-one notices a bunch of kids and a dwarf spying on the war preparations.

Somewhere I now forget, we have an army marching in formation across a new-built bridge. Sounds terrifying, particularly if you know, as the Romans did, that a large number of men all stepping in time on a flimsy bridge is Not a Good Idea.

More politics. Charmingly evil. Only, if you happen to be three soldiers, and you happen to hear your general admit to the king that you didn't after all survive an enemy attack that you'd thought you had survived, maybe you oughtn't to stand around with stupid expressions on your faces while your general draws his sword.

So we meet with Caspian. And for some reason Peter and Caspian have to hate each other, and Susan and Caspian have got to fall in love. (The director says "If you look at Ben and you look at Anna, it seems really implausible that they wouldn't have some feelings for each other." ...Dude.) And Peter has to doubt Aslan, in order to justify the director's brilliant idea of an attack on the castle. --Okay, that was pretty cool, except for the character moments being boring cliched triteness. I rather expected to hear "My name is Caspian the Tenth. You killed my father. Prepare to die." On the plus side, Edmund's torch rocks, and for that matter Edmund is getting pretty nifty himself.

Susan, if you're going to come to battle, don't just stand there looking pretty and bewildered. (OTOH, fanfic about a Susan with PTSD could tie in nicely with the Last Battle stuff...)

Ah, Susan and Lucy riding off for Aslan as per usual. Susan's quiver is apparently magic: she always seems to have about the same number of arrows despite loosing one after another.

"Do you mean if I'd followed you all those people wouldn't have died?" --Just a tad heavy-handed there.

I loves me the nasty noblemen of Miraz' court. :-)

Ah, White Witch cameo. At first I thought the ice shattering with Susan shooting an arrow, but of course it's Edmund saving Peter yet again.

The single combat goes fairly well. I like using Susan's arrow for stabbing Miraz in the back, though a little odd to be calling treachery at his death when Peter had every right to kill him...

Big battle! Undermining the field w00t! ...WTF ramp????

Birnam woods moving! Yadda yadda, and the army flees to safety in... the woods. Ri-ight. And flees to the river, because trees couldn't possibly like being by water. Also not entirely sure why the sight of a little girl strikes fear into the army's hearts. Aslan, sure.

The tree unwinding itself to make a doorway is *cool*.

All in all I enjoyed it, possibly even more than tLtW&tW (of which I retain a fondness for the Blitz scene at the start).

Date: 2008-07-05 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdsedge.livejournal.com
Yes, I think I enjoyed it more than TLTW&TW. Caspian was almost too pretty for his own good... he so reminded me of a young Antonio Banderas that I got a crossed wire and expected Reepicheep to have the Banderas voice of Puss in Boots from Shrek 2.

I did like the courtly politicking.

And I think Edmund is shaping up well, which is a good job as he has a much higher return rate than any of the others, doesn't he? With cousin Eustace next time IIRC. (Or is it the same retirn rate as Lucy?)

It's such a long time since I read the books, but they were books I kept returning to all through my childhood. I'm really looking forward to The Horse and His Boy, though. My favourite Narnia book.

Speaking of horses... Caspian's horse was gorgeous. Quite an equine star.

Date: 2008-07-06 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdsedge.livejournal.com
The Horse and His Boy was the first Narnia book I found. In those days (age 9 or 10, maybe 11) I used to only read horse stories and the occasional bit of Hugh Walters' SF. One day I was wandering round the shelves of Barnsley children's library looking for more-of-the-same (i.e. Christine Pullein Thompson or similar - when I spotted The Horse and His Boy. Thinking it was a horse story (well, it is, in a way) I grabbed it and that was my intro to Narnia. After that I sounght the rest out... more or less in order IIRC.

Date: 2008-07-05 07:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] heleninwales.livejournal.com
I definitely have to see this in a cinema. I quite liked TLTW&TW, even though I only saw it a) on a plane and b) on DVD, but I always preferred Caspian and the Silver Chair, so it's good to hear the film isn't bad.

Date: 2008-07-06 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdsedge.livejournal.com
The Silver Chair was my least favourite.

Date: 2008-07-08 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isadora120.livejournal.com
i don't totally agree with you, seeing as i loved the movie except the last five minutes in which i totally sobbed through the three times i watched it. But you have good points, ... and i agree on half of them. I enjoyed reading this.
~IS.

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