A number of friends (notably those in Canada in Europe) have asked what I thought of Prince Caspian.
It was very good, and very well done, for the most part. Not the best movie I've ever seen, but then, Prince Caspian isn't the best book I've ever read, either. (Oh, quit booing. I'm not saying I could have written it any better.) The book drags in places, and so does the movie.
There were some bits added (Susan flirting and being flirted with; an extra battle or two) and a few things interpreted rather differently than what I would have done (the Telmarines all have Spanish accents?), but for the most part, it stayed very true to the book, and made startlingly clear some of the points the book left subtle.
Many of the added comic bits, while funny, struck me as being out of character. In the books, Reepicheep is pompous and loquacious; having him say, "Yeah, everyone says that. No imagination!" sounds more like something out of The Italian Job than Narnia.
On the whole though, a worthwhile and entertaining flick, and a reasonable adaptation of the book. Four stars out of five. (Not that I have a really developed rating system, or anything.)
One of the things that got me thinking, afterwards, was Lewis's use of mythology, and it's representations in the movie. Lewis obviously had no problem with their presence; why did they bother me, then? Why were the flittering petals of wood nymphs simple beauty, while the representation of the water spirit troublesome? Theologically, I hold both nyads and dryads to be nonsense; analogies at best, animism at worst. The river spirits in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away are a beautiful analogy; the water spirit in this movie seems totally out of place. Perhaps, I think, it is because of the human face. Or, more precisely, it's an enormous, white-haired, white bearded face wreaking vengeance on infidel armies. It's more or less the image many moviegoers have of God. And, while most Christians would agree on "King of kings and Lord of lords," there's a little nervousness about "God of gods." Where we expect God to work (aye, there's some tension brought out well in the movie) we tend to expect him to work directly, rather than sending forth the small-g gods and spirits that others worship in His place.
It's something I intend to keep pondering. What are your thoughts?