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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Rated PG and running two hours and twenty minutes this movie stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell and Sergio Castellitto.

Following the same characters from the earlier Narnia movie this movie begins a year later.  The children are all on their way to school when Narnia comes for them.  They find themselves on a beach in a land that they once knew that has changed drastically.  There a new ruler has found himself in the position to take control and he has desires to be king.  Which is why Prince Caspian must run for his life and search for help from those sons and daughters of olde.  When Susan, Peter, Edmond and Lucy find themselves in Narnia they are startled that so much has changed, and they find that many of the Narnians has disappeared or gone into hiding to save themselves.  A war is on the way, a war for the lives of the Narnians and the control of an empire.  Prince Caspian must make a choice and his biggest adversary might just be himself, or Peter.

Visually this movie follows along the tracks of the first movie.  Most of the characters are digitally animated or added to, and it does take away from the fun of the movie.  At times it can be distracting enough that the viewer is taken out of the movie and pays more attention to the characters visually than what they are saying.  The plot of this movie is lacking and there is way too much going on.  There are too many characters and to be honest the plot seems to suffer, as well as the story.

The biggest drawback of this movie for me was that it seemed like one giant fight scene.  There was no further development of the characters and it seemed as if the scenes of the movie were more thought out as a fight scene than as character storyline.  Even Prince Caspian was lacking.  I didn’t feel like there was enough development of him to care about if he lived or died or became king or whatever.  I really thought that his character and the character of the bad guy and many others should have been expanded a little more.  The character I found myself disliking the most was not of the main bad guy but of Peter.  I was offended by him and thought that he was played a little strongly. 

This movie was a great disappointment to me.  Having read all of the books several times since I was a child I was hoping that this movie would be as well done and fun as the movie before it.  Also I wondered why they creator of the movies didn’t do the first or the third books?  Why skip and do the second and fourth books? 

If you are a fan of the Narnia books I don’t recommend seeing this movie.  If you like fighting then you might like this movie because there are a lot of fight scenes in this movie.  If you want a plot driven movie don’t see this one.

2 thoughts on “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”

  1. What movie did YOU watch??? I thouroughly enjoyed Prince Caspian! I thought the storyline was well thought out and I didn’t think the fighting scenes were “one giant fight scene.” There was character development all the way through! Caspian in the end admitted that he didn’t think he was ready to become king, and Peter was a little hesitant about Aslan in the beginning but learned to trust in him. Miraz I thought could have been a little meaner and more drawn out, but, as for everything else you said about the movie-I’m sorry, but I would have to disagree.

  2. while not as compelling or “magical” as the previous Narnia film, I still enjoyed “Caspian.” It was basically one big action scene, as you said, I would agree with you on that, and yes..they should’ve built caspian’s character up alot more. Overall, I enjoyed the film and found peter and susan’s arc rushed, but touching. Its the end of childhood innocence for them, they’ve grown up, something not done 100% well in the movie, but done well just the same.I can appreciate the perspective you have tho, as an adaption from the lovely book by Lewis, it was not well done, but as its own movie creation, it was okay.

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