Peter Chattaway’s review of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian came out today. In short, he gives it a mixed review. He likes the director’s commitment to the essential storyline and the overall entertainment value of the film but notes important departures from C.S. Lewis’s original work, particularly in terms of spiritual themes and the overall impact of Aslan in the story.
From the review:
For all their talk of staying true to the spirit of C. S. Lewis’s novels, the makers of the Narnia films have frequently deviated from the books in ways both big and small, and the liberties they take with Prince Caspian—which echo but go far, far beyond the liberties they took with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—both help the film and hurt it. They help because you can sense that co-writer and director Andrew Adamson is finally making the big epic fantasy battle movie that he really wanted to make the first time around, and his devotion to that vision holds Prince Caspian together and makes it a more consistent, and consistently entertaining, sort of film than Wardrobe was. But in steering the film closer to his own vision, Adamson steers it away from Lewis’s, and so it loses some of the book’s core spiritual themes.