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Crushing All Over Narnia

True to my word, I did see Prince Caspian last night.

Now before I get my ramble on, I thought it might be good to let y’all know that I’ve never actually read this book, or any other book in the Narnia series besides The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, so I can’t compare it to the original source material.  Why haven’t I read it?  No good reason, really… just never got around to it, and I’ll admit that the Narnia universe never quite captured my imagination as a kid to the same extent other things did.

The Spoil-Me-Not version is that I thought it was smashing, and in a lot of ways I liked it even more than The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

Firstly, from the point of view of a movie-goer whose previous knowledge of this franchise consists of more or less everything that was in the first movie, there was exactly the right amount of exposition and back-story given pretty much at exactly the right time.  I had my guard up during those first scenes in the Telmarine stronghold, wondering if I was going to shortly be hopelessly lost and confused.  It did take me a few minutes to get on board with their accents enough to follow some of the dialogue, but the writers teased me along the Prince Caspian story arc with just enough to keep me engaged, while flipping back often enough to the Pevensies to keep me grounded in the tale I already knew.  Considering how much information needed to be dispensed to get me up to speed, it all felt very organic, natural, and not at all Hermione-Quotes-From-A-Book-She-Read-Once-ish.  So props to the script writers.

I thought all four of the children played their roles well — props especially to Skander Keynes and Georgie Henley as Edmond and Lucy, who did an impressive job portraying adult-ish minds in children’s bodies.  The transformation of Edmond in particular from his first-film self was notable and entirely believable — seeing him resignedly help headstrong Peter when he needs it most knowing their history speaks to the maturity of this boy who became comfortable in his role under Peter and a king in his own right.  The character of Edmond has become the most fascinating to me, and I can already sense plot-bunnies in our future.

It was fantastic to see these kids kick some serious ass in the battle sequences (again, Edmond’s ability in the short fight scene with Trumpkin on the beach delighted and enthralled me, and bad-ass Susan was a treat every time she made an appearance), especially looking back on their blatant awkward newbiness in Wardrobe.  My only complaint is that I’d like to have seen Lucy given a little more equal treatment in this regard.  Certainly back in Wardrobe it was hinted that she was ace with her snazzy dagger, and it would have been nice to see her sniper it once or twice to reinforce that she’s more than just the girl who runs to Aslan for help all the time.  I’m not saying she should have changed the tide of battle or anything, but it might have been nice to see that she could take care of herself well enough.  Ah well.  

The eye candy in this movie is definitely drool-worthy.  Everyone’s talking about sexy Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian (as well they should be because he is the hot), but I’d like to put forth that William Moseley and Skander Keynes should not be overlooked.  Peter might have been a bit of a aggressive snot here and there, but he was blond-haired beautiful and kingly-arrogant while he was doing it, which earns him my fangirlish attention.  As for Keynes, I’ve already mentioned my character-crush on him, and the fact that he looks more like a young man than a boy in this flick certainly doesn’t hurt.

But my biggest lust-crush of this entire film?  Not to Ben Barnes (sorry to disappoint) does this honour go, but rather to shockingly beautiful Anna Popplewell.  I mean, she was pretty enough in the last movie as a girl, but as a young woman in this movie the only thing I can say is wow!  Something about those eyes with that complexion and that hair combined with the shape of her face just captured me.  And then she’d go and be all completely awesome in the fight sequences, and my legs would get uncontrollably wobbly.  That bit where she takes out the half-dozen Telmarines on horseback by herself?  And then that panning shot in the final battle where she’s kicking ass and taking names?  *fans self*  There are just too damn many options for my Mary Sue to choose from in this one.  *angsts à la Twilight*

The only thing that didn’t really work in this movie for me was the whole thread with the other two Telmarine lords, Sopespian and Glozelle.  Eh…?  It seemed like they were getting set up to be the ol’ reliable bad-guys-that-turn-good-in-the-nick-of-time, but it turns out not so much.  They spend the entire movie being queasy with Miraz’s tactics, and then Sopespian whips out a plot device and starts the whole epic battle, I guess just because he felt like it.  Then he got eaten by a river.  *snerk*  

Trumpkin the sarcastic dwarf and Reepicheep the swashbuckling mouse did their duties as comic relief in a way that was entertaining without being irritating.  Trumpkin’s brand of deadpan humour was particularly well-placed, and his awkward friendship with Lucy in which he never once breaks character is in dozens of ways far more interesting and entertaining than her sugary-sweet relationship with Mr. Tumnus.  Reepicheep remained largely undeveloped, but was clever enough to be remembered.

I’ll probably buy this one, if for no other reason than to pacify my love of Edmond and Susan (the individuals, not the ship), and as straight-up eye-candy goes, Caspian can rule my kingdom any day.  *rowr*  That I’ll shell out the thirty bucks for this one should say something about how much I enjoyed it, especially considering I don’t even own Wardrobe.

Or it could just be that, sometimes, I like shallow fangirling.  Whatever.

 

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