May 18th, 2008

Lannister

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The back isn't as bad as yesterday, though I really shouldn't have taken a load of laundry downstairs this morning.

C-Monster and I went to see "Prince Caspian" this afternoon.  It was one of those experiences where I can largely chalk up the things I didn't care for as originating in the novel (mainly, the heavy-handed morality/faith bits).  Well, I can't blame the song at the end on the novel and it was absolutely abominable.  Also, I expect it to be tearing up the Christian radio charts in the coming weeks.

That having been said, there was a lot to like.  Casting, performances, costuming, effects, all splendid. The combat scenes were among the best I've ever seen in a fantasy film.  They lacked the enormous epic sweep of, say "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but made up for it in clarity.  You could tell what was going on, and the big important single combat was remarkably free of shaky-cam and quick cuts.  It was also realistic (the armour worked!) and pushed the brutality level right to the edge of a PG rating.  They even managed to avoid the (to me) nigh unpardonable sin of having a captain of archers shout "Fire!" in a pre-gunpowder setting (Mr. Jackson, I'm looking at you).

I still think Aslan is an asshole rules-lawyer.

In short, the movie's a good and pretty enjoyable (sometimes quite enjoyable) adaptation of a book I'm pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy nearly as much, so make of that what you will.