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Better...and worse than I expected; but definitely still worth seeing.
After coming out of a midnight showing, I am happy to say that this movie is not a waste of money or time that I could have spent sleeping. I had a great time--more than I did with the previous Narnia film, and I definitely plan to see it again. The fight scenes, cinematography, humor, lighting, effects, soundtrack, etc. were so much better than what I expected. It was perfect, Reepicheep is adorable, Susan has some serious girl power, and, most importantly, Caspian is hot (Peter too :), not to mention Edmund's beautiful Edward Rochester eyes. But (there always is a downside) the storyline....well, for someone who is pretty familiar with the book, it was worse than what I wanted. If I had not read the book, I would have liked it a lot more. But there are more deviations than I am comfortable with, and while TL, TW, aTW stuck much closer to the original story, this movie took more than a few liberties. When I see it again, I think I'll like it better. However, this was enough to drop this movie to a 9. What took it to the 8 was the Caspian/Susan kiss. I was hoping it wouldn't be there at all; but my worst fear was that it would be this deep, disgusting kiss, which, thankfully, is definitely not. So overall, I would definitely recommend this film--all the technical aspects of this film are excellent, the acting is fairly good (at least the adults and the younger kids are) and is a far better movie than the previous Prince Caspian. I can't wait until Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Jane Eyre (1996)
Good, until Mr. Rochester fell into the picture
When I first put this disc into my DVD player, I was hopeful. I had just watched a portion of the Dalton (1983) version which had dated cinematography issues, and this looked like an improvement. And for the first half hour, at least, it was. I was happy. The scenery was beautiful, the actors were well cast. The movie was going swimmingly. Then the thing they called my Edward fell off his horse (in an amusing, though unintended way) I took one look at him, and became so horrified that I took the disc out. (and perhaps threw something at the TV) Seriously, that guy looked like the village drunk. Yes, Rochester is supposed to be unattractive and older, but he is not downright repulsive. ICH! He does not carry the look of 'native pith and genuine power' characteristic of Edward (unlike Toby Stephens, who, although looking nothing like Edward from the novel, plays his character well.) and is horribly miscast. Without a well cast Edward, the story is devastated. Not to mention that the perfection of Jane Eyre cannot be contained in a 2 hr. movie. I recommend that you skip this version, and watch the Masterpiece Theater version instead for a Rochester that actually 'feels' like the character. Or the 1983 Dalton version for a Rochester that says much more of the dialogue from the book. (though not acting like him, IMO) Or better yet, read the book. It is far superior to any adaption.