Alright, so it’s the first movie I’ve seen this year on the big screen. The last movie I saw was I Am Legend, which we recently found out last weekend, actually had an alternate - totally different ending on home video. Thank God my sister rented it and we were just caught by surprise at the entirely altered ending. Anyways, we like the alternate ending so much better than the cinema version.

Alright, back to The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian.

I loved it. And surprisingly,my sister loves it, considering she’s not a fan of the genre (the likes of LOTR, Harry Potter, The Golden Compass (which i still haven’t seen)).. I just love it despite what others would critique as obvious flaws and despite its lackluster performance at the US Box Office. (Maybe they were just tired of the genre, after the LOTR Trilogy and the soon to be 7 HP movies… one can only become too saturated)

But I like the genre. I love watching special effects extravangas on the big screen. I am just really having a hard time understanding the British accent that I wish cinemas could have subtitles.

The movie had a foreboding feeling of melancholy to it amidst the magnificent scenes which kinda looked like Palawan (though I haven’t been there.) Although, the kids except for Lucy, didn’t register much bewilderment and grief after realizing that everything that they have known in Narnia has changed, has gone away, although they were only outside of Narnia for a year (which was equivalent to 1300 years in Narnia). It was really quite sad that Mr and Mrs Beaver were no longer in the movie and most of the characters of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe… but of course, no animal could really live for 1300 years.

There was a slightly slow build-up at the beginning of the story, at least, until the returning young Kings and Queens of Narnia met Prince Caspian.

And now, Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian) who is a tossed up between Keanu Reeves and Brandon Routh, could’ve made a more magnificent or kingly presence - he could’ve really outshine the 4 royal kids of Narnia. But I guess, since he’s got 2 movies more for the franchise… there’s plenty room for improvement.

The battle scenes were still mindblowing even if it suffered from seen-them-all-before dilemma. One really good thing about the battle scenes of Narnia - it was done in broad daylight (unlike LOTR).

The glorious fighting trees (seen that on LOTR) - the cascading waters (seen that on the Mummy Returns and LOTR) - so, one could easily dismiss them as, nothing new. Even the Mouse reminds me so much of that Antonio Banderas Cat on Shrek (Puss in Boots).The mouse kinda failed to deliver more witty punchlines.

Now Susan made a better impression this time. She’s now more brazen and feisty. She’s got a stronger presence, truly a standout.

The ending was surprisingly, just really sad. It’s just like the story is telling us… alright, you had your fantasy world and you liked it a lot but here comes reality - right smack back at your face - live with it. And Aslan, just like the wise and Almighty God he truly is - makes us just accept all these things.

And the perfect song.

The Call

By Regina Spector
(OST – The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian)

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry

I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never
Been this way before

All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye

Now we’re back to the beginning
It’s just a feeling and now one knows yet
But just because they can’t feel it too
Doesn’t mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger ans stronger
‘Til they’re before your eyes

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye