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Vulcan Stev Family movie review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Starring:
Ben Barnes …  Prince Caspian
Georgie Henley …  Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes …  Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley …  Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell …  Susan Pevensie
Sergio Castellitto …  Miraz
Peter Dinklage …  Trumpkin
Warwick Davis …  Nikabrik
Vincent Grass …  Doctor Cornelius
Pierfrancesco Favino …  General Glozelle
Cornell John …  Glenstorm
Damián Alcázar …  Lord Sopespian
Alicia Borrachero …  Prunaprismia
Simón Andreu …  Lord Scythley
Predrag Bjelac …  Lord Donnon

Synopsis from IMDb: A year after their first adventure in Narnia, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are pulled back in by Susan’s magic horn. They find that hundreds of years have passed, and Narnia is now ruled by the bloodthirsty General Miraz, uncle to the true heir, Prince Caspian, now in exile. Now the children must find Caspian and help him depose Miraz…but how will they get home after it’s done?

VS: 1.75 pointed ears
The novel Prince Caspian is a shorter novel and has very little action to begin with.  The Pevensie children don’t show up in the novel until the mid-point.  The writers were faced with the unenviable task of taking a follow-up novel that didn’t deliver as much as it’s predecessor and making a movie that delivered more than it’s predecessor.  This was a nice attempt but PC didn’t engage me nearly as much as TLtWatW.  Perhaps that’s why the box office was down over Disney’s expectations.

This is a good movie and was made with the same attention to detail that TLtWatW was.  However, there’s only so much that can be done with the source material before the movie no longer resembles what it was drawn from.  Kudos to the producers.  They didn’t fail in their attempt in making a good adaptation of PC but they didn’t succeed in their goal of making a “BIGGER” picture than TLtWatW.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Mrs VS: 1.5 pointed ears
Although the spirit of the novel was present in the movie.  The castle siege scene that was added was not to my taste.  I felt the producers tried to hard to make this follow-up movie a “bigger” hit than the previous film.  The author of the novel did not write it that way.  I believe that the filmmakers strayed to far from the source material.

Pvt Black Spartan is on an FTX and will be sending us her review at a later date.

PIT #2: 1.5 pointed ears
This is a good adaptation of the novel.  The problem is this novel was not one of the better Narnia books.  I liked the one on one combat with Lod Miraz.  I am eagerly awaiting VotDT

PIT #3: 1.5 pointed ears
I liked this movie.  This was a very “talky” movie.  I understand that the producers added some action scenes to make the movie less “talky” than the novel.  I applaud them for their efforts.  I just think they didn’t go far enough in adding some action.

6.25 pointed ears out of 8
Hollywood has a tendency to think THEY know best what a movie audience wants.  This is one instance where THEY tried to hard.  The misguided notion that this movie HAD to be bigger is probably what hurt it.  Is this a bad movie? no.  Hollywood just had larger visions than what the story needed.

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Movie Reviews, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vulcan Stev Family movie review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Starring:
Georgie Henley …  Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes …  Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley …  Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell …  Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton …  White Witch
James McAvoy …  Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent …  Professor Kirke
Kiran Shah …  Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo …  Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh …  Mrs. Pevensie
Elizabeth Hawthorne …  Mrs. Macready
Patrick Kake …  Oreius
Shane Rangi …  General Otmin
Brandon Cook …  Boy on Train
Cassie Cook …  Girl on Train

Synopsis from IMDb: Based on the classic novel by ‘CS Lewis’ . Four London children are sent to a professor’s country home in order for protection during World War II. There they find a magic wardrobe which leads to a mystical land called Narnia, which is being ruled by an evil witch. To defeat the witch, they must join forces with Aslan, the lion God of Narnia.

Walt Disney Pictures * 143 mins * PG * 2005

VS: 2 pointed ears
In all honesty, I had never read the Narnia books prior to seeing this film.  Because I enjoyed the movie so much, I did, after seeing this film go read the entirety of the Narnia series.  After my reading of the C.S. Lewis novels I can say that this movie is a very faithful adaptation of the novel.  The things added to the film, like the prologue, are derived from narration in the novel and are not out-of-place in the movie.  The action sequences may be a little too intense for younger viewers.  Overall a very nice tale of good triumphing over evil.

This is definitely a movie you can watch with the family.  By the same token it is a movie that adults need not “borrow” kids in order to have fun watching it.

Mrs. VS: 2 pointed ears
This motion picture followed the book very well.  I was impressed with the faithfulness shown to the setting, characters and story.  I actually will sit and watch this movie with the family when it gets pulled out.

Pvt. Black Spartan is on an FTX and will be sending us her review later.

PIT #2: 1.8 pointed ears
I loved the entire Narnia series of stories.  Most of the movies I’ve seen based off of novels do a severe injustice to the source material. Not so with TLtWatW.  I was very impressed with the overall integrity of the source material as presented on-screen.  The “movie” that plays in your head when you read a good novel was not damaged at all by the movie that Walden Media produced.  The two movies, mine and Walden’s, intertwined to the point of harmony.  A must see.

PIT #3: 1.5 pointed ears
I liked this movie.  I wish there could have been more action in this movie.  It seemed to be a very talky motion picture.  Mommy has read the Narnia stories to us.  I guess I remember more action in the stories mommy read to us.  It’s not a bad movie, it just doesn’t compare with what I always pictured in my head.

7.3 pointed ears out of 8
Highly recommended.  This family friendly film is must have for your collection.

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Movie Reviews, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

   

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