YMMV / Prince Caspian

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The film adds the possibility that Susan's eventual denial of Narnia is due to the romance that could never happen with Caspian.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Susan and Lucy partying with Bacchus while the boys rescue Caspian. It has no impact on the plot, the mythology crossover is never explained, and it's never mentioned again.
  • Broken Base: The Caspian and Susan romance. Some invoke They Changed It, Now It Sucks and Strangled by the Red String. Others were happy Susan had something to actually do in the film (as she did very little in the book) and liked the foreshadowing to her eventual fate.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Regina Spektor 's "The Call" at the end of the movie.
  • Die for Our Ship: The Susan/Caspian shippers, despite the fact that there's absolutely no mention of it in the books, they never see each other again, and Caspian marries Ramandu's daughter at the end of Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Curse you Andrew Adamson for including that kiss.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The geek at the train station (Warren) gained a fan club when some fans decided they didn't like the way Susan's and Caspian's relationship was treated and that "Phyllis" was a much better pairing.
    • Arterius the minotaur (the one who held up the portcullis, which is the only reason everyone except griffon-riding Edmund escaped with their lives) is held with some regard as well.
  • Even Better Sequel: The Nostalgia Critic called the film this, praising the Character Development, Adaptation Expansion and Darker and Edgier tone. He compared it to a proto Game of Thrones.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The use of "The Call" at the end of Prince Caspian will likely become this if a film adaptation of The Last Battle is made.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: On the one hand, you have Ben Barnes, whose portrayal of Prince Caspian drew upon Inigo Montoya; and on the other you have Eddie Izzard, who based his sword-fighting mouse Reepicheep on Errol Flynn, who also famously inspired Cary Elwes' performance. So their first meeting is really a The Princess Bride reunion by way of Captain Ersatzes.
  • Love to Hate: Sergio Castellitto's take on King Miraz, making him a very effective and ruthless villain - with the occasional Pet the Dog moment to humanise him. Likewise he also gets some good Deadpan Snarker moments.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Tilda Swinton returns as Jadis for one scene, as an expansion of a point in the book where they consider resurrecting her.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Those who don't hate the changes feel the film did this for the Prince Caspian story.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Tyrion Lannister is slightly grumpier, but quite recognizable.
  • Sophomore Slump: Sort of. This was the second book published - though the fourth chronologically - and it's commonly regarded as the weakest. The film is a mixed bag. Some felt it was a step down, others loved it.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The romance between Susan and Caspian is accused of this. There was none in the book and it was Doomed by Canon anyway. The whole thing is very chaste and never progresses beyond simple flirtation - culminating in a small kiss at the end. Word of God is that the romance was more detailed in the original script, but cut down to a more chaste thing because they wanted to avoid it taking over the movie.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: This film provoked this more than the first. Due to the book's iffy pacingnote , a lot of things had to be changed. Things that were especially disliked were the castle raid and the romance between Susan and Caspian.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: It seems like the movie is building up to something interesting with Miraz's wife being shocked to learn of his evil actions, but then she's largely forgotten about.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Subverted. The Telmarines are given a Race Lift to become Ambiguously Brown Mediterranean people - Word of God saying this is to reflect their pirate origins. However both General Glozelle and Queen Prunaprismia are given Adaptational Heroism to avoid having all the villains be like this.
  • What an Idiot: The assault on the castle in Prince Caspian (which did not happen in the book) gave huge helpings of this to Peter. To be fair, everyone from Caspian to Lucy calls him out on it. Caspian also deserves a share of this one because it was his fault in the first place that they lost the element of surprise; he went into the castle with his own agenda and despite the obvious results of him changing the plan in the middle of a Stealth-Based Mission he shows no responsibility or remorse for his actions. To maintain order among the Narnian army, Peter has no choice but to let it go and share the blame.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Prince Caspian was allegedly a children's movie and rated as PG. But despite that, Prince Caspian is probably the highest-bodycount, generally-dark movie to be given a PG rating since Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom spurred the creation of PG-13.

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