12 February 2009

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

I have watched this movie three months ago but i didn't appreciate it well since the dvd tape that i had is just a work of piracy. I'm sorry, pirated tapes are everywhere in the Philippines and they're a lot cheaper than copyright ones. Some tapes can be clearly recorded from movie houses I presume but you can't expect a Dolby Digital Sound even if you are using the most high-tech home entertainment package. You could hear laughter and chitchats and you can even notice shadows of moviegoers recorded in the tape.
Anyway, one week ago I watched this movie again (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian). But FYI, I'm still using a pirated dvd tape, this time its more clear and sharp, hehe. The story is no longer seen in a grand hall where you can see Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy were made monarchs. the grand hall has fallen into ruin, and the woodland creatures and the seemingly computer-animated fur were not in the current scene.
The return of the exiled child kings and queens to Narnia is even no longer a fantasy story but rather some kind
of a tragedy. You could see a dark castle near the forest, Renaissance soldiers wearing heavy battle armors and helmets. There's murder and betrayal, brave dwarfs and talkative rabbits were there and even Aslan, in his calm voice showed up eventually.
The episode is even livelier, more fighting scenes packed with action and heat compared to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
In Narnia, 1,300 years have already passed. But for the Pevensie children: Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley,the sweetest girl ever), a year merely passed. They're back to Narnia and the prime purpose is to restore Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes, OMG he's hot!) to the throne seized by his wicked Uncle Miraz. Even if Barnes stood hero, they cant resist a chance against sword-fighting rodents, minataurs/centaurs, giants and bears. And i notice the appearance of the brave dwarf and the comeback of the White Witch.
"Prince Caspian" is a bit darker than “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” for me, its more satisfying and worth watching. This story however (a tale of a heroic adventure) is based on human problems of power, cruelty and conflict.
Somehow, i would like to compare this movie to Philippines yielding Encantadia when it comes to battle sequences in a castle courtyard, odd creatures and classic fantasy settings of rocks and curves. Better yet, i would like to compare this movie to the earlier "The Lord Of the Rings"incorporating elements of the natural one: sparkling water and feathery green forests that look both real and otherworldly.
I love the movie. The young actress Georgie Henley, as the littlest Pevensie, Lucy, once again is the cutest pie: giving the best performance in a more dangerous Narnia with a sense of lightness and determination. Ben Barnes is just perfectly good looking i cant resist him. The movie is totally a product of film-making, no doubt.

(L-R) Actors Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Ben Barnes (top),
Warwick Davis (bottom), Anna Popplewel, William Moseley,
Peter Dinklage and director Andrew Adamson attend the world premiere
of "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on
May 7, 2008 in New York City.


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