Prince Caspian

May 21, 2008

It’s no secret that I really love The Chronicles of Narnia.  I started reading the books when I was 9, and they’re the first books I can remember reading and truly loving.  So when they announced a movie version of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, I was understandably nervous, because honestly – as fun as those BBC movies are, they are seriously terrible.  But then, December 2005 rolled around, and I headed off to the opening night showing.  And I was ecstatic.  Because they did it right, and the movie was great, and I loved it.  And it made over $740 million worldwide.  Which means: sequel.

Now, there are those people (who don’t know what they’re talking about) who thought this meant The Horse and His Boy.  I knew we were getting Prince Caspian.  I don’t understand why the publishers rearranged the books into chronological order – they don’t make sense when you read them.  Luckily, my copies of the books were bought secondhand, and were published in 1960.  So I have them in publication order (along with a few other changes that Lewis made – some make sense, some do not.)

Prince Caspian came out on Friday, I saw it opening night (again), and I can honestly say that I was thrilled with the movie.  Yes, there were changes, and yes, there were some problems, but as a whole, the movie is not only an excellent adaptation, but a fantastic film.  If you haven’t seen it yet, go.  Here’s a Japanese preview that might give a little too much away – but it’s a great trailer that really showcases how epic the movie is.