Adam’s Film Friday – A Review of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

This week’s movie took me on adventure to a place I thought I knew. This amazing place is the land of Narnia, from the movie Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, sequel to Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

The story takes place 1,300 Narnian years after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which corresponds to only one year in the real world. Narnia has changed profusely since the Penvensie children left. The Pevensie children: Peter (William Mosley), Susan (Anna Popplewell),  Edmund (Skander Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley), have returned to England and their everyday lives from their previous adventure in Narnia. Narnia, which started off as a magical land where animals are anamorphic and magic reigns, has now become a dark, evil place after having been taken over by the Telmarines, who now reign with an iron fist.

The story begins with the birth of a baby boy that sets a series of events in motion, the goal of which is to kill the heir to the throne of Narnia, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes). Miraz, Prince Caspian’s uncle, is behind the plot to kill him to ensure that his newborn son will ascend to the throne. Realizing this, Prince Caspian’s professor rushes him out of the castle and into the woods. There he is picked up by two dwarfs and a badger, who are representative of Narnia from the past. They take Caspian in, but not before he blows a horn, sending Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who are currently in a subway station in London, back into Narnia. No longer the magical place they remember, it has a dark and depressing aura that permeates the land. When they save the life of Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) from the Telmarines, they learn the truth about what has happened to Narnia and the changes since their last visit. After meeting some of the ex-rulers of Narnia who ruled before all the changes occurred, they decide to reinstate Prince Caspian as king in order to hope for a better future.

This movie was a lot darker than the first Chronicles of Narnia, but just as interesting. It showed how things change, but also how things aren’t as perfect as we remember them. I especially enjoyed the interactions between animals and humans because they make me think of fables and Greek mythology.  A lot of the characters were similar to mythological characters, even physically as some were half man, half beast.

Another great aspect was the music used in the score. A great film score should be able to enhance the movie viewer’s experience, and have them close their eyes and still be able to see the action in his/her mind’s eye. This score allowed the viewer to do so: when there was fight scene, the music had the viewer’s heart pounding. When there was a sad or emotional scene, the music played ever so softly. I thought that the score, even being as diverse as it was, was extremely well put together.

All in all, I felt The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was an extremely entertaining movie. Although not a part of my favorite genre, I still really enjoyed the story and was for a few hours taken into Narnia, and kept on the edge of my seat. Like always, I leave you with a question. Do you believe that a magic world with talking animals and mythological creatures exists, or is that merely a figment of one’s imagination?

4 out of 5 stars

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Walt Disney Pictures
PG, 150 Minutes

My Top Ten….Books I Wish I Was A Character From (Part I)

My top ten list topic this week is courtesy of my friend Greg!  I’ll be choosing my top ten books I wish I could be a character from!  It was so difficult to pick just ten characters, I’ve read enough books for this to be a big challenge.  Without further ado, here they are!

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10.) Laura Ingalls Wilder – These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I’ve always thought it would be super interesting to have lived during prairie times.  The lack of indoor plumbing and rough manual labor would be enough to turn some people down, but I find the way of life back then to be fascinating.  People worked hard for the things they had and it created strong constitutions and strong work ethics.  People were protective of their family and friends and helped each other in rough times.  For me, being a true romantic at heart, it’s the courtship that occurred back then that makes me want to be Laura the most.  When Laura is 16 she gets her teaching certification and moves away from her family to try to help earn money for her sister Mary’s schooling.  The stress of her new job and the distance from her family causes her to become very melancholy and homesick.  At the end of her first week as a teacher her crush, Almanzo Wilder, shows up to take her back home to see her family.  This happily begins a tradition as he takes her to and from school each weekend.  The two, much to Laura’s delight, begin courting and after three years become engaged.  It’s this book that I would most like to be Laura from.  To be courted in the old ways would be so exciting to me!  Men like Almanzo are incredibly hard to find these days.  I don’t think I’ve ever met a guy that would have waited three years for his first kiss with the girl he loved.  It was a different time back then, than it is today, so I guess had I grown up back then it wouldn’t have been so hard to believe. But I digress, I think the biggest reason I would have loved living back then was that fact that life was so much simpler then. 

9.) Hercule Poirot – Agatha Christie’s Mystery Series

How awesome would it be to be a world-renowned genius at solving mysteries?  How awesome would it be to be a world-renowned genius at solving mysteries and have an AWESOME mustache on top of it?? Pretty damn awesome if you ask me.  I’ve always been a huge fan of mysteries and always wished I could solve mysteries like Hercule.  Poirot is smart, observant, witty, personable, has saved lives, and put criminals in jail.  Poirot is so so smart and I really wish I could make my brain put puzzles together like his so that I could do some good!

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8.) Mary Boleyn – The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I find the life of a royal court to be completely interesting.  The dinners, parties, dances, and courtly love are all completely fascinating to me.  To be able to live such an opulent life would be incredibly interesting.  The downfall to being Mary Boleyn of course would be the loss of independence as a female.  Woman didn’t have much power to choose anything about the path of their lives – there were no careers – woman were just used as sexual objects to garner titles, land, and wealth for their families.  The reason I want to be Mary is because she refused to just be a pawn in her family’s game.  She went against them, marrying a nobody and deciding that court life was not for her.  She became a strong, independent woman in a time where there weren’t strong, independent women.  That garners my respect, and my wish to step into her shoes. 

7.)  Alice – Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I’ve often wondered how many people wish they could have taken a trip down the rabbit hole and seen the things Alice saw.  The once in a lifetime experiences of playing croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs, having tea with the mad hatter, being surprised by the Cheshire cat, and meeting a high, knowledgable caterpillar are all experiences I wish I myself could have had.  I’m a cautious person by nature, so I’m not sure that I would have followed the “eat me” and “drink me” signs that Alice encountered, but I definitely would have played croquet with the queen (as long as she avoided saying “off with her head!).  

6.) The Pevensie Children – The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter have probably the coolest “oops” life ever.  Whilst playing hide and seek, Lucy decides to hide in an old wardrobe and finds herself in a mystical land named Narnia.  She convinces her siblings to go with her back through the wardrobe to Narnia, where after a major battle for control of the land they become the Kings and Queens spoken of in a famous prophecy.  The rule Narnia for many years until one day they find the entrance back out through the wardrobe and return to the life they left behind.  I forgot to mention that they return to this life exactly how they left it, not having aged a day.  I think it’s awesome that they were able to experience and live two whole lifetimes that were completely different from one another.  Lewis does a great job creating Narnia, and weaves childhood fantasies of faraway lands and talking animals in with relatable characters to create the ultimate exciting dream for anyone, child or adult.

Join me tomorrow for the conclusion of my top ten books I wish I could be a character from!! Make sure to leave me some comments on who you’d want to be!