The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

In Theatres: 
May 16, 2008
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 20 Minutes

Join Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as them embark on their return journey to Narnia. But what has only been a year’s time for them, several hundred years have past for Narnia. What awaits there arrival is a changed world in desperate need of a leader.  Prince Caspian is much darker and more action packed than its predecessor while still keeping to the fantasy land that is Narnia. Taking place right where the last film left off, it follows the Pevensie children’s return to Narnia in which they must rescue the land and its inhabitants from the villainous Miraz and the Telmarines. Aided by the young Prince Caspian, who is the rightful heir to the throne, the kings of old must save the Narnians and restore peace.

I was expecting the film to be bigger and better than the first and it somewhat delivered. There were many more battle scenes than before and while there were mature themes, they were presented in a more subtle light. Themes such as death, love, leadership; they were all there. With all the action going on, the fantasy land that is Narnia diminished. You still have many of the mystical creatures but they don’t have that same charm that they did in the first. Everything is bleaker, which may have been the result they wanted, but it feel like an epic battle film rather than a Narnia one.

The story and acting were decent. I was expecting the cheesy one liners and happy ending.  After all, it is a film aimed at the younger crowd. I saw too many references to other films as well. After hearing that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were close friends, it’s reasonable that I would find many Lord of the Rings similarities. There is also a mouse who acts strangely similar to Puss In Boots from Shrek, wielding a sword and primarily there for comic relief. Maybe I was looking at the film too deep but those were the first to come to mind.

I do think the kids are going to enjoy this one, especially if they liked the first. Many of the same elements are there but they have been evolved into more mature ones. It’s a decent film for kids and adults but there were multiple holes that could have made it a much more enriched fantasy.

Matt Rodriguez
Review by Matt Rodriguez
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