The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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

Narnia is a different place due to the invasion of the Telmarines who have banned all memory of the old Narnia and the Narnian’s over the course of one hundred years.  Those who have survived have fled to the woods for safety. When young Prince Caspian is set to be executed by his power hungry Uncle he escapes to the woods and finds the Narnian’s who are willing to help him retake his throne with the help of Kings and Queens of old, the Pevensie children. The feat will not be easy.

Prince Caspian continues in the tradition of the Narnia franchise incorporating morality and fantasy to lay out a well intentioned story that is meant to inspire. The scenery in the film is nothing less then spectacular with aqua blue rivers so transparent you can see the rocks at the bottom of the gorge to greenery that reminds me of my home here in the Carolina’s. There seemed ot be a slight quality decrease in the make up of the fantasy creatures in the film though. The Telamrines on the other hand seemed to be well cast and their armor and battlements were terrific.

Peter Dinklage’s character Trumpkin makes reference to Narnia being a much fiercer place since you last left it and there is no doubt about that. The film has moved into a more mature and a slightly less friendly arena of film with the inclusion of the Telmarines. In the first Narnia film there were death’s but it was mostly fantasy based creatures who died, kids could wrap their minds around that and not make much of it. In Prince Caspian the Telmarines put a human face on the franchise and there are deaths in abundance as well as vicious sword fights and a brutal battle between the Narnian’s and the Telmarines. There is no blood but the appearance of death cannot be mistaken and I think some younger kids might find this alarming. Fans of the series might also notice a heavy Lord of the Rings quality to this film especially towards the end which should come as no surprise or shock since Tolkien and Lewis were known to have been friends and bounced idea’s off of one another.

C.S. Lewis is profoundly known and has his name associated with Christianity and Disney and Walden have made no attempts to brush under the rug the fact that the franchise was meant, not specifically for the religious audience, but mainly as an inspirational set of films, like the books. The first Narnia was heavy with religious undertones and though if you really delve deep into Prince Caspian you’ll find the same feel but there is a sort of pushing off from that formula here. There is a stronger sense of commercialism versus message here with a more comedy infused feel to the film. Regardless the film has many open doors for conversation which my family and I were quick to discuss after the film was over. Definitely a must see, especially if you’re a completionist like I am, but be aware that this chapter of Narnia is very violent.

AJ Garcia
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