Boring, overlong, and unfaithful adaptation is even more fight-heavy than predecessor
I am astonished by the awesomeness of the Disney/Walden adaptation of Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis. It was entertaining, just the right length, and faithful to the book. There was only one problem: IT WASN'T!!!! I am incredibly disappointed in this adaptation. Though it was probably my least favorite of The Chronicles of Narnia (my favorite was The Last Battle, which was a straight-up five star book), I still love Prince Caspian and would give it four out of five stars. However, this movie narrowly dodges the one star bullet. I cannot begin to tell you how much this movie mixed up the story of the book. They also stuffed in a completely unnecessary and overlong battle, and overdid the battle that actually was in the book. The battles were boring and generic. Sure, the Old Narnian army was interesting with its bears and gryphons and big cats, but the Telmarine army was just a bunch of generic medieval-looking men in a standard military formation. Aslan's role in the story was also horrific. I'll admit that I do not think that Aslan is a particularly well-done character (the Space Trilogy's Maleldil is a lot better). Aslan is supposed to be perfect and wonderful, but he really is not. Despite the claims that he is loving and compassionate, in the one-on-one scenes with the children, he is horribly cold and petty, and condemns the kids for making mistakes and being curious. The book scenes with him are also very preachy, as he represents Jesus Christ. (He is however, fantastic when he is in battle or is having fun with the kids/Dwarfs.) In the movies, he is not as mean as he is in the books. However, that does not make him better if his role in the story is completely RUINED!!! In the books, Aslan acts as a guide to the children who is always present but not always visible. In the movie, he was shoehorned in. The movie seriously minced the book's plot; one of the "mincings" was the fact that Aslan was completely unnecessary and nearly removed in the movie's plot. Aslan should have had more screen time. The first Narnia movie did not fully capture the spirit of the book, and was overly battle-heavy. However, all of the first move's problems were heavily magnified in this movie. And if you are a Narnia purist, avoid this movie like you would avoid the devil. There are so many inconsistencies with book's plot that I cannot even count them. The most important ones are: Caspian blows the horn when he sees Nikabrik, but he should blow it as an arranged event that is part of a battle strategy. Sopespian kills Miraz, but it should be Glozelle, who in the movie was made a lower ranking general. Peter is made very rash and unable to let go of his time as High King. He is not like that in the book. Also, Caspian and Peter genuinely like each other in the book, but in the movie they do not get along at all. Also, why the mandrake did Susan and Caspian have to fall in love?!? That is not supposed to happen AT ALL. And in the book, there is no assault on Miraz's castle. That is absolutely pointless battle that was added in just for the sake of having more battles. Also, Aslan is not the only character to suffer from a lack of screen time when they should have more. Trufflehunter and Nikabrik have very little screen time. Pattertwig and Doctor Cornelius have even less. Giant Wimbleweather's screen time was reduced to a cameo. The book had great dialogue and interplay between characters. That all went South in the movie. However, the four Pevensie children were still well acted and excellently cast. The Telmarines, however, were not particularly well acted and executed. They were constantly whispering, making them very hard to understand. If they were not whispering, it was still hard to understand them because of their affected accents. One thing was better in the movie than in the book, which was the scene where Nikabrik and his friends were trying to resurrect Jadis. In the book, they were killed before Jadis could be resurrected. However, they did summon a spirit-like Jadis in the movie, and she was stopped by Edmund. This provided better closure from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as Aslan killing Jadis was pretty unsatisfying. I wanted Edmund to kill Jadis in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because he was the one that Jadis tortured the most and was not a god like Aslan. The movie was overlong and boring; it was stuffed with boring battles that dragged on forever and ever. If this was a faithful adaptation (the book was actually fun), it would be 90 to 100 minutes long. There is no reason why it should be 147 minutes long. And Caspian was way too old. I hate it when book-based movies age characters up. Also, the movie was a pretty violent movie. There were lots of battles between an army of Centaurs, gryphons, and talking beasts against an army of generic medieval warriors. There were also a lot of one-on-one duels, which dragged out and were pretty intense. Giant catapults were used in battle. Characters are threatened by a ghostly version of Jadis, who is stopped by Edmund. There is some tooth and nail fighting between Edmund, Peter, Caspian, and Trufflehunter against Nikabrik, a hag, and a werewolf. A Telmarine is devoured by a giant man made of water. Sopespian stabs Miraz while they embrace. There is also a pointless romance between Susan and Caspian. There is some mild tension between them and a kiss at the end. Purists, stay away from this boring adaptation. I do not have high hopes for the Dawn Treader movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex