Nathan (vovat) wrote,
Nathan
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Nothing happens the same way twice

Man, I just got my car's windshield replaced, and there's already bird crap and pollen all over it. Can't I have a clean one for just a few days?

In other news, bethje and I saw Prince Caspian yesterday. The movie opens with Caspian making a daring nighttime escape from his castle, with Miraz's soldiers hot on his trail. Remember that from the book? If you do, it might be time to read it again, because it didn't happen. And that pretty much sums up my main problem with the film. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was a largely faithful adaptation, but Caspian takes a lot of liberties with the story. Now, I have to admit that it's probably the least interesting book in the series, so I guess I can't blame the filmmakers too much for wanting to spruce it up a little. But aren't there other ways to spruce up a fantasy story than throwing in one extra-textual epic battle scene after another? I guess it's still true that violence is what sells in the movie business. That and sex, and they sort of put in the PG equivalent of that by having Susan flirt with and kiss Caspian. And yet, with all of these additions, the part with Aslan and Bacchus journeying through the land righting wrongs and restoring nature wasn't there at all. I found that to be one of the most memorable parts of the book, and one of the ones that would be the most interesting to see on film, so go figure that they didn't see fit to include it. I'm hoping that their decision to make so many changes was just because Caspian was a relatively dull book, and that they'll return to a more textually faithful approach with the next film.

For all of my complaints about the story, though, I did find the film to be quite visually appealing, and I liked most of the new characters. I'm sure no one is surprised to learn that Reepicheep is the character I was most eager to see on screen, and I think his portrayal was very successful. The hag and the river-god were cool, even if they showed up at the wrong times in the story. I did find it a bit weird that the female centaurs were wearing what appeared to be tank tops, but I guess I can't think of any better way for a children's film to have shown them (well, other than just showing only male centaurs). They also seem to be using minotaurs quite heavily in these films, and while I like minotaurs (I mean, look at the icon I'm using) and don't mind their presence in Narnia (I don't think Lewis ever mentioned them, but it would seem that just about any mythological being would be appropriate in a fantasy land that already has fauns, nymphs, dwarves, centaurs, gnomes, Father Time, Bacchus, and Santa Claus), I have to wonder if they're trying to use them in place of the giants. I guess I'll get my fill of giants in The Silver Chair, though, assuming that: 1) it gets made, and 2) they don't decide to change Harfang into a city of minotaurs. {g}

And before I leave Narnia, I have to ask a question that's always bugged me about the period between Lion and Caspian. The former makes a big deal out of restoring human rulers to Narnia, yet Aslan brings the Pevensies back to England with no recorded heirs remaining behind. So who ruled Narnia in between their departure and the Telmarine conquest?

Also, happy belated birthday to annarama!
Tags: books, movies, narnia
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