Okay, I think we can all agree that the movie was pretty awesome...but I have some bones to pick with Andrew Adamson. Here are the things that keep this good movie from being a GREAT movie:
a) The dumb modern slang!! This is supposed to be NARNIA, not America, 2008! I don't care how "modern" they wanna make things...Caspian doesn't say "HEY!!" That's just...not Temarine...ish...ugh...
b) The dryads (enough showing off with snazzy special effects...I want REAL dryads, thank you), and there wasn't enough of Aslan! *pouts* I wanted to see Him when Lucy did! And I'm mad that they didn't keep the scene where she sees Aslan, all silvery in the moonlight, and then the others gradually see Him too. That's one of the best scenes in the whole series, I think. I wish they hadn't changed it.
WARNING: MAJOR RANTS COMING UP!
c)The Un-Magnificent Peter. AAAAAAAUUUGH!!! I HATE what they did to him!! YES, he lost his temper a few times in the book...who wouldn't? He's human, after all! But Peter does NOT HAVE EGO ISSUES!! Grrrrrrrr...it's a sequel to what they did to Faramir in LotR, gosh dang it...seriously, how much "tension" do these movie people NEED?? There's ALREADY tension between Narnia and Telmar, Miraz and Caspian, resentment at the prince from the Narnians...we didn't NEED a big "power struggle" between Peter and him! It's stupid and completely OOC, and they ignored the crucial Peter-to-Caspian quote in the book:
"We haven't come to take your place, you know, but to put you into it."
Was there ANY sign of that Magnificent humility and grace in the movie Peter?? Uh, NO. Peter's supposed to be a mentor and older-brother-figure...not some angsty, bossy, arrogant jerk of a High King! He would never treat Caspian like what they did in the movie. Ever. Even if Caspian /was/ older in the books. It's JUST NOT PETER. For just once, I would've liked some good examples of teamwork, friendship and humility, but nooooo...they just COULDN'T have that, now could they? It would make this exciting action-packed film totally boring! *rolls eyes*
d) The freakin' KISS OF DOOM!!! AAAAAAAAAAAUUUGH!!!! *runs screaming around in circles* The flirting I can handle, but that kiss...GAH!! It was a NarniaWeb april fool's joke; it wasn't supposed to ACTUALLY HAPPEN!! *sniffles* I don't care about the stupid "becoming-a-woman" excuse; it's just too...Hollywood! REALLY, I had higher expectations than THAT! And you know what would have been SO much classier? If instead of flat-out snogging each other, Caspian had simply smiled, swept her a chivalrous bow and gently kissed her hand. Now that, MAYBE, is something I would go "awwww" over. But for now, I've contented myself to booing loudly every time I see the Kiss of Doom. (Lemme tell ya, it's a great way to vent it out and EXTREMELY satisfying. And getting elbowed in the ribs and glared at makes it all the more fun.) ;)
So, there's my rant. Now it's your turn. :)