The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

[Screenshot]Prince Caspian seemed to be the least meaty of the Narnia books when I first read it, as its plot is basically a linear rush towards a foregone conclusion with very few digressions. Evidently the moviemkaers felt the same as me, except, instead of concluding that it just wouldn’t make a very good movie and washing their hands of it, they bogged it down with side-plots and scenes which seemed to be lifted from Lord of the Rings.

Production values are high, as befits a Big-Studio Blockbuster, and the acting is fairly good. The problem more than anything else is pacing. The story gets bogged down in side details which, by the nature of their introduction, can’t really advance the story, such as the idiotic castle-raid, which serves mostly, as far as I can tell, to add a big fight scene to a movie up ’til then lacking one, and to create dramatic tension between Caspian and the Pevensies, which never actually serves any narrative purpose.

I could’ve done with a film half as long without the digressions. It wouldn’t be a very good film either, but it’d be free of bloat and waste less time.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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