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Prince Caspian- From Page to Screen

June 1, 2008

Yes, ladies, gentlemen, and talking mice, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” was finally released on May 16th, and I finally got the chance to see it on Monday the 26th. (Ten days, Caspian the Tenth, ha ha… never mind).

The film definitely lived up to my expectations. For those of you that have seen “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, fear not, this film was awesome! I cannot give away any spoilers, partly because that would be unfair, and partly because I enjoy withholding them, so you’ll have to see the film for yourself. I can, however, give you a synopsis of the book!

It has been one year since the four Pevensie children first visited Narnia, and they are back in England, getting ready to spend another dreary year at school. That is, until they are summoned by Susan’s magic horn, and are yanked right off of the train platform into Narnia. The difference is, whereas it has been only one year for the children, it has been thirteen hundred years for Narnia, and the Telmarines have taken the throne. Caspian the Tenth is the rightful heir to the throne, but when his aunt gives birth to a son, his uncle, Miraz, decides it is time that HE took the throne. Caspian is forced to flee into the wild lands, where he stumbles upon the Narnians, those that he has long been taught were extinct. It is up to Caspian to take back the throne and return the Narnians to their homeland, but he cannot do so alone. In an effort to put an end to Miraz’s, he summons the four great Kings and Queens of old, hoping that they will be able to help.

I was a bit concerned, as I was with the first film, as to how the authenticity would be retained from the books. I was definitely NOT disappointed. It turns out that Ben Barnes, a 26-year-old actor from England who is famous for his stage performances, played an excellent Caspian. I always sort of saw Caspian as a young boy, but I think that the way he was portrayed here, as about the same age as Peter, worked so much better. (He’s a young-looking guy!) The old gang’s all back together, minus a faun and two talking beavers (*sob*), and have kept up their great performance from the first film.

Apparently, a lot of fans think Aslan is too small (sacrilege!). I actually think he’s a good size for the films. He’s larger than the average lion, but not too large as to be incredibly imposing and unapproachable. If he were any bigger, Lucy wouldn’t go near him! He is still voiced by Liam Neeson, who makes up for his size (bah!) with the same powerful voice found in the first film.

To sum it up, I would DEFINITELY suggest putting this on your list of must-see films for the summer. For those of you who have yet to read the books, I would also recommend doing so. “The Chronicles of Narnia” is something that you can’t grow up without reading at least once. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is due to be released in 2010. CHECK OUT “PRINCE CASPIAN”!

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