I’m still awake at 4:30 am because I slept the whole afternoon. Or maybe it was the Krispy Kremes. Or maybe I’m just fighting the urge to watch The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian all over again and drool over the gorgeousness that is Ben Barnes.
Ben Barnes plays Prince Caspian, the teenage heir to the throne of Narnia. He looks very young but is already 26 years old–just a bit older than William Moseley, who plays Peter and is just as cute in a totally different blond way. IMO, Barnes did a good job of portraying Caspian, who’s doomed to play second fiddle to the Pevensie children in spite of having the title role.
This sequel is a wonderful follow-up even if it doesn’t induce the heart-thumping excitement that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe did, if one compares the battle scenes. As a C.S. Lewis fan who loves all of his Narnia books (and would gladly jump into Narnia herself at a moment’s notice), I really enjoyed it. Except for the Susan-loves-Caspian part, the romantic attempt felt forced and was not included in the original Lewis text.
The movie writers also added a temporary rivalry between Peter and Caspian. Though not part of the book, it seemed natural that two young males who are both leaders would disagree every once in a while, especially during the planning of a major siege. The Pevensies, especially Edmund, showed admirable maturity in spite of their young age, which routinely reminds the audience that even if they look like children, all four have lived their lives to adulthood in Narnia before they were sent back to earth–carrying all their memories and experiences as kings and queens of Narnia with them.
I’m glad they’re planning to make a third movie, which is technically the fifth book: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. We’ll all get to see the prince and the kids again minus two of the Pevensies (Peter and Susan), which is a pity because it’s such a treat to watch the valiant High King Peter on screen. But, as Aslan said, they’ve learned all they need from their experiences in Narnia so they could never come back again.
How sad. I would have demanded that I return soon… and be married to Caspian and have seventeen children so we can start our own commune. 🙂