This is gonna be tough, y'all. I want to review the movie without giving anything away. I figure the best service I can do here is to tell you what happens in the book, since the movie left so much of it out and changed so much, and nothing will really be spoiled.
The movie itself was dynamic, a much better production than the first one. The first one didn't disappoint me in the least, mind you. It was faithful enough to the book and I cried from about the middle on. This one was all action, which Lewis really was not. There was a lot of fighting and battles. Much was put in which just didn't happen in the book. As I watched I understood why, since it made for a gripping film. The book, had it been rendered faithfully, would have been slow and sluggish. The point is, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie as a movie. It was awesome.
The book. What I missed. I missed seeing Aslan. He came in near the end. I missed seeing Bacchus and Silenus - I was really looking forward to seeing them personified. I missed the freeing of the school marm and the children in the town of Beruna. I missed the bacchanal. The wild party. The mythical creatures come to life. I missed meeting all of the creatures of the forest and seeing their character.
I also missed the strength of the development of the theme of bondage for the Narnians, the theme which came to a pinnacle in the release at the end. In the party which didn't happen.
What I appreciated about the bondage theme - it was there in part - was the imagery in the destruction of the bridge of Beruna. I'd never seen, in the book, the visual of the parting of the Red Sea, the Israelites move to freedom. When I think about the book, it was there, I think, but I absolutely adored the visual of the film. It made me cry. It took my breath away.
The Telmarines were definitely done right. I hadn't even thought, coming in, how they would be portrayed. Initially I thought I was in an old spaghetti western set in a castle. The people, the atmosphere, the accents and dress - perfection. When I read I don't see pictures, so as unprepared as I was for them as a people, I also didn't have a visual which was ruined by them. The Telmarines absolutely made the movie.
And can I just tell y'all that I am madly in love with Prince Caspian. Oh. My. Word. Gorgeous. Go see it. :)
Oh!Oh!Oh! I almost forgot! I LOVED Caspian's nightshirt! I HAVE to find a pattern and make one just like it! He's wearing it in the beginning and wears it nearly halfway through the film. GORGEOUS!!!
Until I write again ...