Monday, May 19, 2008

Reepicheep Rules!

Well, I went to see Prince Caspian yesterday (as an early birthday present to my oldest son) -- at least I got to see it on opening weekend, even if I didn't make it on opening day!

As I have mentioned to others, I am sure that I will enjoy it the second time much more because I will have gotten over how it departs from the book -- and it does, of course. Because there are some absolutely beautiful moments.

One of my favorite creatures is the King of the Talking Mice -- Reepicheep. We meet him in the second book published, Prince Caspian, where we find out that he and his followers descended from those mice who were transformed into Talking Mice as a reward for chewing through the ropes that bound Aslan to the Stone Table in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The Mouse King and his followers weigh in fairly early in the story -- before we "see" any of them -- in a hilarious way (which folks won't "get" until later, since it's not a scene directly from the book ... but it a wonderful glimpse into their valiant contribution to Narnian battle strategy).

I have always loved Reepicheep ... and they could not have captured him better than they did. Bravo, indeed! Now I just cannot wait until The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which begins shooting in the fall, since Reepicheep in one of the central characters in that story.

Not going to ruin it for those who haven't seen it yet ... just remembering fondly and looking forward to seeing it perhaps one more time ... and then awaiting the DVD around Christmas time.


brad/futuristguy said...

Okay, so, if there's, like, a commemmorative sword, would his be a reepier?

Thought not ... but then, it is quite imaginative, eh?

AbiSomeone said...

Reepier works for me! ;^) But don't let the Mouse King hear you, he'll be after you for your disrespect. :^)

brad/futuristguy said...

hmmm ... methinks such a mouse must have little imagination!

Ted M. Gossard said...

This is helpful, Peggy. From the perspective of someone who has read the book, but you still like the film. Good to hear!

AbiSomeone said...

Hey, Ted -- Welcome!

I'm a Narnia nut as well as a Middle Earth nut -- read all the books at least a dozen times -- and what I'm grateful for is that all the movies (LOTR and Narnia) have captured the "feel" of the place, story and the relationships, even if the "details" are different. I totally understand the need to tell a story different visually ... really looking forward to seeing it again! :^)

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yeah, I've been over them more than once I believe, but years back. Good stuff. Never did get through "Lord of the Rings" though.

Glad to hear of your take on LOTR. I do love that film, all three parts, along with "TLTWTW" which I'va seen more than once as well.

Anonymous said...

loved the mouse, best character in the movie.
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