Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis – The Movie

Prince Caspian, Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis, Fantasy, Novel, MovieThe movie version of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian premiers May 16th, 2008. I saw The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when it came out, but I was not that impressed with it. The CGI was spotty in parts, and the child actors were not all that great. The battle scene was not bad, but it didn’t completely “wow” me.┬áThe movie┬áseemed to want to be on the level of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings but fell short. It’s hard to compete with the job Peter Jackson did in translating Tolkein’s novel to film.

I haven’t read Prince Caspian; the only two books I’ve read in the Narnia series are The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (of course) and The Magician’s Nephew. I really respect C.S. Lewis, and he has been an influence in my writing, but still, I don’t think I’ll go see Prince Caspian. I do like the poster though.

Anyone planning to see it? What are your thoughts?

16 thoughts on “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis – The Movie”

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  2. Oh, sure, I’ll see Prince Caspian.
    It’s unfortunate that the first Narnia film would be inevitably compared to LOTR.
    That’s not really fair because a look at the source material will tell you that they aren’t really written with the same scope.

    I would highly recommend reading all of the Narnia books. “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” was my favorite.

    It will be a good year of movies for a geek like me: Iron Man, Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones, Batman, Hulk and X-Files! Woo-HOO!

  3. I do think the Narnia series and Lord of the Rings are for two different audiences, Lord of the Rings being for an older audience. Maybe my expectations were on the wrong level, but the movie came out a short time after the Lord of the Rings movies and I just had those on my mind and was expecting something similar.

  4. I will probably see the movie. I liked The Lion, Witch…. , but I’m not extremely knowledgeable on this series. I do like C.S. Lewis.

    David Wright posted that the Hulk movie is coming out this year. This is the first I’ve heard of that. I’ll have to google this one. I loved the series with Bill Bixby, but the Sci-Fi channel won’t play it consistently. David, what do you know about this one? If it’s like the first one several years ago, I will avoid it. What a let down.

  5. I read Prince Caspian as a kid and loved it. Like David I think Voyageof the Dawn Treader was my favourite, but there’s not much to pick between them – though I did feel Susan had been treated meanly in The Last Battle!

  6. Carla, sounds like I need to read the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Both you and David have high praises of it. I have plans to finish the entire Narnia series at some point. It’s on my TBR pile along with dozens of other books.

  7. I agree that the Lord of the Rings is for a different audience and people seem to compare the two because they are both in the fantasy genre.. Chronicles of Narnia as a book is also pretty different from Lord of the Rings.. with that said …

    If you watch the trailer for Prince Caspian you can see that there appears to be a difference between it and the first film in the series. It appears darker and more action packed so I’m anticipating its release in May.
    The trailer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xFZFNgENMA

  8. No problem!! I’m really excited for it myself so I’ve keeping an eye on all the news that has been release.. I just saw a really great behind the scenes feature on Yahoo! Movies
    http://movies.yahoo.com/premieres/6827931/standardformat/

    It gives you a little back story but my favorite part is seeing the details that are going into the massive battle scenes and the technology used to recreate many of the characters…

  9. When comparing LOTR to Narnia, some Narnia supporters have hailed the special fx, saying that they are superior to LOTR, because Peter Jackson was able to hide imperfections due to the darkness of the whole picture. Narnia on the other hand was much brighter, giving the visual fx folks little room for error.

    I don’t really like the taste of that Narnia kool-aid, even if it sounds like a reasonable argument. I too had a bad taste in my mouth after Narnia, which makes me far less likely to shell out the $9 to see Prince Caspian. You can read my thoughts on Narnia on myblog.

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