I loved the Narnia books when I was young and read them many many times. Something that I never noticed before watching tis film was how battle-filled they are. C.S. Lewis has a talent for writing battle scenes in a way that makes them suitable for a young child to read. I think it has to do with the unemotional language he uses.
In a movie, however, it’s hard to have battle scenes that aren’t confronting in a movie that’s really for young people, so the movie ended up being quite dark. While there are no shots of any actual blood being shed, there are still scenes of mass slaughter.
What I did like about the movie was the character development of the eldest Pevensie boy, Peter, who is being treated like a child again in England and wants to be treated like a man. I also liked Prince Caspian himself – though I’m unsure about his French accent.
It’s hard to say exactly how much I liked the movie because it was extremely difficult to get lost in it. We were unfortunate enough to be seeing the movie in a cinema that was mostly booked out by a youth group, who talked, yelled, laughed as sad moments, screamed at romantic moments and ran up and down the aisles throughout the entire movie. It was disgraceful, selfish behaviour and I just wanted to stab them all with my huge umbrella I had rather than concentrate on the movie.
I guess I’ll just have to see it again before I make my mind up!