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Prince Caspian

We took the kids to see Prince Caspian this afternoon. It’s one of the five films on my must-see list for the year and it didn’t disappoint. It didn’t hurt that we went to the new Warren Theater in Moore and saw it in the best digital video and audio available. The only bummer was the blackout that occurred about two-thirds of the way through the film and the twenty minute wait for things to get going again. Although two good things came out of that 1) we got to see one of the best parts of the film twice and 2) we got free passes for another movie for the inconvenience. Thanks to the Warren folks for doing the right thing.

On to thoughts about the film.

Good stuff

The action sequences were frequent and incredible. One of the best one-on-one sword fights since Gladiator. The film does a good job of being violent but avoiding being bloody or too much for most kids.

Performances – the “children” again were great. Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep was brilliant.

The look – every background and set were perfect. The creature effects and weapons / armor were as well.

Not so much good stuff

I didn’t like the actor who played Caspian. He just never sold me.

I felt like it was a little long. Of course this may be due to the 20 minute wait and 10 minute rehash, but even with those it felt like the peak happened long before the end of the film.

All in all – I loved the film. I have heard several people and critics (not to say that critics aren’t people, but. . . ) say that the first film (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) was better, but I don’t think you can compare the two films. They are two different kinds of narratives and have to be told in different ways. I applaud the director for making that choice and not caving to the temptation to try and make the same film over. I’m bummed about some of the changes they had to make, but that’s the cost of adapting to the screen.

Looks like I’m two for two. Indy is next! And we get to go for free!

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