Before I say anything, let me tell you that Prince Caspian is one of my favourite movies of all time. (I've watched it twice already and am intending to watch it again, because it is that awesome.) Before watching Dawn Treader, I was pretty darn certain no other Narnia movie could ever match up to it in my head. With this in mind, I told myself not to keep my expectations too high for the third movie, especially since the four Pevensie kids wouldn't be in it.
I was wrong, though -- all four Pevensies are in the movie, just that they're never all together. Oh well, it was nice to see Anna and William again. William without that ridiculous long hair of his, too.
I'd read the book, but it was some time ago -- possibly a year back. As I watched the movie, little bits and pieces came back to me, so that I was able to gasp and giggle at parts, knowing what would come next. The first part, the slave traders, seemed completely new to me, though. Was that in the book?
As stated in every review of the movie I've read, Eustace Clarence Scrubb was an absolute gem. You hated him, but didn't want him to be gone from the story; his snarkiness was very entertaining, and his face...there was something about it that was verging on comical, I swear. It was probably the eyebrows.
Reepicheep was excellent also, even more so than in Prince Caspian. Brave, noble Reepicheep who, in this book/movie, allowed Lucy to hug him for the first and last time. He was terribly endearing, what with forging a bond with the boy everyone couldn't stand (Eustace, of course), and keeping him company on those cold, sad nights when he...had a mishap. Watch the movie. Read the book too, if possible. Reepicheep was... He would get rather offended if anyone called him adorable, so I'll just say he was endearing.
(From Movie Poster Shop.)
I was mildly disappointed to find that King Caspian no longer spoke with a Spanish accent, but a British one, like everyone else in the movie. No more "I wish we hed morr taim togedher" or "You klld mai fudder". It's completely gone now, and while I have no issue with British accents, I do miss his Spanish one. I suppose it's testament to the fact that he's spent so much time with the Narnians -- his Telmarine accent's gone. Oh well.
Someone please tell William that Ben Barnes can rock the long locks. He can't.
(From Click the City.)
All frivolity aside, what was truly disappointing about the movie was the graphics. At first I thought it was just me, but they seemed way below the standard of the Prince Caspian ones. When you have a dragon and a ship and a sea serpent in your film, you really shouldn't cut back on the budget for graphics. Just saying.
What I thought was a nice touch was Caspian keeping Edmund's torch from the previous movie. Also, the words that Aslan spoke to Lucy at the end of the film were the very same as in the book. I remembered those words, because they made me start to wonder even more about what Aslan was supposed to represent.
All in all, Prince Caspian's a pretty good watch. The ending, oh, the ending. It was saaad. Nobody died, but I was in tears anyway; maybe it's because I've followed this series so closely. The thought of Peter, Susan, Edmund, Lucy, and Reepicheep not being there anymore is terribly depressing.
Unless they decide to carry on without the Pevensies, there won't be any more Narnia movies. Yes, Eustace is wonderful and all that, but Narnia just will not be the same without them, and without the actors and actresses who play their parts. William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, and Georgie Henley: I'll miss you guys.
Heck, now that I think about it, if another Narnia movie does come out, I might not even want to watch it.