Thursday, June 5, 2008

Prince Caspian

Next to The Horse and His Boy, my favorite story of Narnia has always been Prince Caspian. Not because it has great battles (because in the book there aren't any really good ones), not because Prince Caspian is all that great (because in the book he's kind of a ninny), but because of relationship between Lucy and Aslan.

At one point in the story Aslan tells Lucy to follow him. She is scared of what is going to happen. What Aslan says to her next is the reason I love Prince Caspian. Here is an excerpt from my favorite section:
"Will the other see you too?" Asked Lucy.
"Certainly not at first," said Aslan. "Later on, it depends."
"But they won't believe me!" said Lucy.
"It doesn't matter," said Aslan.
"Oh dear, oh dear," said Lucy. "And I was so pleased at finding you again. And I thought you'd let me stay. And I thought you'd come roaring in and frighten all the enemies away - like last time. And now everything is going to be horrid."
"It is hard for you, little one," said Aslan. "But things never happen the same way twice. It has been hard for us all in Narnia before now."
Lucy buried her head in his mane to hide from his face. But there must have been magic in his mane. She could feel lion-strength going into her. Quite suddenly she sat up.
"I'm sorry, Aslan," she said "I'm ready now."
"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan "And now all Narnia will be renewed."

I went with my siblings to see Narnia; Prince Caspian on Tuesday. As anyone who has seen it knows, it deviates from the book quite a bit! Usually is really bugs me when movie makers take such liberties with books that I love, however, this was very well done. They embellish the story line between Aslan and Lucy, that I love so much, very well. They also make it very clear that without Aslan there is no victory. Throughout the story different characters try to do things on their own and fail. Caspian and Peter are at odds about who should be in charge only to realize, in the end, that Aslan is the one who is in charge. Overall, I thought it was good.

Things I liked:
#1. Susan's chain mail dress. I have GOT to get me one of those!
#2. The griffins. I've always liked them.
#3. The whole bit with the White Witch.
#4. Queen Prunaprismia.
#5. The cute nerd who Susan lies to.

Things I didn't like:
#1. The Caspian/Susan story line. It was both awkward and dorky.
#2. The Trees.
#3. Prince Caspian's teeth.
#4. The Minotaurs. I didn't like them in The Lion, The Which, and the Wardrobe either.

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  2. I thought the Caspian/Susan stuff was not needed and dumb, too. After watching the movie I want to read the book again. I had forgotten much of the story and therefore couldn't really judge the movie by the book too much, (though I could tell what was definately not in the story!) I know they strayed far and added some things that would not have pleased the author. But altogether, I thought it was very good and worth watching, and I'm willing to cut it some slack, because it's a movie.

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