May 19th, 2008

Commute, Woodsy Owl

Prince Caspian

I saw Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian with mysryael and the girls, as well as a fair chunk of the Barony of the Angels yesterday.

The good:
- Decent visuals
- Good banners
- Centaurs
- Crossbows
- Character growth seen throughout the film that will lead to Peter and Susan not return to Narnia.
- Reepicheep.

The bad:
- Aslan now has the same soft-focus glow about him that Jesus has in many 20th century devotional paintings. It's annoying and distracting.
- This isn't the book. Admittedly, the book would have taken all of 15 minutes to tell on film, as over half of it is Caspian's background, and we want to see the Pevensies in action again. But the subplots and filler (particularly the Susan/Caspian ship and the Peter-Caspian rivalry)...meh.

The WTF:
- Edmund, lay off the Ent Draught. He's like 7 feet tall now, with a deeper voice than Peter.
- I know they couldn't really help it, because they aren't about to change the species of the character, but for quite a few scenes, the Badger Badger Badger song kept running through my head.
- The Telmarines.

Allow me to elaborate on this last point. According to the mythos, the Telmarines were human brigands who came to Narnia shortly after the Pevensies left. Assuming that both Terran and Narnian time move in a linear fashion, these brigands came through somewhere between July 1940 and September 1941. This would explain the uniformity of the military outfits and, to a certain extent, the marching style. However, what is with the Conquistador outfits? There's nothing even remotely like it in Narnia, so they didn't get it there. The only explanation is that they brought it with them. the early 40s? There were times where I felt like I was watching Elizabeth: The Golden Age, particularly when the Telmarines are cutting down the trees, and Miraz's beard, but the Conquistadores brought it to a sharp focus.

Also, was I the only one who thought that the Narnians and Telmarines were playing a huge game of Space Invaders as the infantry marched in?