Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
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A year has passed by since the Pevensie children stepped through the wardrobe. In Narnia, centuries have passed since the defeat of the White Witch. Now the foursome are sent back to Narnia to find that everything was destroyed and the Narnia they once knew is gone forever. They come to aid the young Prince Caspian, who is leading a group of Old Narnians to wage war against his malicious uncle Miraz, who rules Narnia with an iron fist. Will they succeed? When will Aslan return? Written by
When the bear charges Lucy on the beach, Trumpkin seems to pull a bow out of nowhere. However, when Susan nocks an arrow to shoot the bear, Peter, Edmund, and Trumpkin are clearly seen running to the boat to grab weapons. It's entirely feasible that Trumpkin found the bow and arrow in the boat. See more »
In some ways I think film makers who create films based off of beloved
books have a hard and thankless job. They must balance the creation of
a film that anyone can like while still remaining faithful to the
subject matter for the fans of the books. Adamson did this brilliantly
in the first Narnia movie creating a rich and deep world faithful to
the book while still bringing in those who never did read it.
Unfortunately he missed the mark sorely with Prince Caspian.
I tried very hard to separate this film from the book but came up with
the conclusion that one can not do that in cases like this. True,
movies are never better then the book so you have to go in expecting
changes, however this film is so far from the book that if the
characters names were changed one would never know it was a Narnia
based story. The film felt more like a story someone else wrote and
simply pasted names and small scenes from Lewis's book to make it fit
First things I like... Miraz was great! He was evil and developed in
ways he wasn't in the book and I thought it was fantastic. I also liked
how we got to know Miraz general Glozelle. That character showed a man
who was on the wrong side but still had honor. He was worthy of what he
receives at the end of the movie and was a great addition not included
in the book.
Now on with the problems. One of the biggest was the dialog. Long gone
is the intelligent flow of language and in its place is a modern
interpretation of how people should talk to fit in with todays youth.
The children and animals say "Shut up" while the dwarfs pipe up with
"Ya gotta be kidding." It is clear that this script was not from the
book and was from someone else's work not Lewis's.
Peter and Caspian are not the noble characters impacted by their
experience and worthy of leading the Narnians. Peter starts off the
film as a whining young man, a mere imitation of the young man we saw
in the first film. Peter has little growth from that point never
showing any consideration of growth. In fact by the end of the film
there is no love for Peter or belief that he is a high King. Caspian is
not much better. Caspian lacks humility and any true endearing quality
until the end of the film when he admits he feels unworthy to lead (one
of the few lines from the book). This moment comes far to late for us
to believe there is anything genuine behind it.
The romance between Caspian and Susan is so forced it becomes painful
at times. The entire love aspect adds nothing to the characters and
merely adds grown factor to poor character development.
Attempts are made at creating drama over the four kids sudden
disappearance from Narnia but there is no follow through. Several
things have this half thought out feel to them making you wonder if the
writers felt Lewis didn't know how to write about characters.
One of the biggest issues is that the lynch-pin for the entire Narnia
series is missing for most of the film, Aslan. Aslan is never really
referenced through out the first two thirds of the film. The Narnias
never mention him or even recognize that he is the major influence for
their entire nation. There is a hint at the situation from the book in
which the children deal with the fact that only Lucy can see him but
what Lewis used to show growth and a major issue of the children's
growth in this story is blown over and turned into a three minute trek
and dream sequence.
One of my biggest problems is when Lucy tells Peter that a possible
reason that Aslan has not appeared is that he is seeing if they are
worthy of him showing up. I was very angry at this statement because if
there is one thing the first movie showed us and the books make clear
it was that Aslan worked for those he cared for, not because of their
deeds but because of who he is. Aslan was treated poorly and we lost
all sight of the great lion who was loved as a great leader and king
from the first film.
All in all I think this film suffers from some one else writing the
story they think should have been done, not interpreting the story that
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