Prince Caspian (in my opinion) is awful. The book is fine. Why pointlessly deviate from it? Voyage was a lot better than Caspian. LWW they just seemed to get. It was well done and a brilliant first film into another brilliant fantasy franchise. Shame they messed up Caspian.
I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe back in the 4th grade, and I had always had this very bleak and cold vision in reading it. From what I saw of the movie, it looked too vibrant and colorful (namely in the wintery scenes, and moreso in the others), which I had an issue with. Granted, I haven't read it in years (and I would like to again) so maybe my opinion would be different afterwards, but as of now the moves hold no appeal to me.
The movies had much better special effects, of course, but the BBC version had much more heart. Warwick Davis in a mouse suit may not have looked as much like Reepicheep, but he made me believe.
Of the BBC movies, I think I liked the Silver Chair best, but I love them all.
My main quarrel with the movies was that they just didn't feel like Narnia to me. I got teary-eyed when the wardrobe door opened, and I wanted to love them, but I found myself not engaging emotionally at all. Too much flash and not enough substance. And I really, really missed seeing the scouring (so to speak) in Prince Caspian. It's one of my favorite parts in the books.
(This post was edited by Aunt Dora Baggins on Apr 4 2012, 10:13pm)
I will say, though, that the BBC Lucy was a real weak point for me. I much preferred the movie Lucy - if only I could have loved the rest of the movie as well. But, like you, I felt the magic was missing. Visually stunning, but the story fell flat.
The Silver Chair is possibly my favorite of the books, and I did enjoy the BBC rendition - especially Tom Baker as Puddleglum.
When I went to see LOTR for the first time, almost under protest, I was astounded to see and feel the Middle Earth I'd always loved rigt there on the screen. It's not perfect, and i disagree with lots of things. But to me, against all expectation, it was "the place."
The Marnia movies never felt like Narnia at all, and i really tried to get myself there the whole time. In my opinion, it shouln't be an effort; and that's what eventually convinced me that it wasn't just some mental glitch on my part. I wonder if it was because they are missing that darker undertone, and that bit of a "mythic" feel the books have. Kind of like what OneRinger said in his post above.
The kid who played Eustace was so much fun to watch on screen! While Wardrobe and Caspian were very enjoyable films...I think Dawn Treader was the one so far that I got the most enjoyment out of watching.
On repeat watches of VotDT he did grow on me. I had already seen him in lots of kids programmes before though. So on first viewing, his voice and accent were just too destracting the first time round - knowing he didn't speak or act like that.
They had managed to make a rather well working plot out of such an underdeveloped book. They realized very well the potential the different themes had and played them out well. All in all, I really liked both its different story elements, and how the came together. LWW was good too, but somehow I've always thought the plot would have needed something more.
VoDT on the other hand.... my soul hasn't yet healed, so I can't dwell upon this matter.