May 16, 2008
Review - " The Chronicles of Narnia : Prince Caspian "
(in Theaters) - By Roland Hansen
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Directed by Andrew Adamson
Screenplay By Andrew Adamson & Christopher Markus
Starring: Ben Barnes (Caspian) Georgie Henley (Lucy) Skandar Keynes
(Edmund) William Moseley (Peter) Anna Popplewell (Susan)
It's a year after their first adventure and the four Pevensie children, Peter,
Susan, Edmund, and Lucy return to Narnia, only to discover that hundreds of
years have passed since they ruled there. An evil King Miraz has taken charge,
uncle to the true heir, Prince Caspian, now in exile. Now the children must find
Caspian and help him depose Miraz with the help of a heroic mouse called
Reepicheep and a dwarf named Trumpkin.
The opening title sequence is exciting and gives rise to hope of what’s to come.
The two main battles are exciting and beautifully shot and the special affects
are, as expected, magnificent although not enough to carry this lackluster script.
Narnia was a beautiful and magical place now fallen into ruin. “The Chronicles of
Narnia: Prince Caspian” lacks the honor and heart of “The Lion, The Witch, and
The Wardrobe”. They sacrificed story for extravagant battle scenes..
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” was a story
of honor, self sacrifice & morality. “Prince Caspian” is about backstabbing,
betrayal, treachery, deceit & powergrabbing through murder.
It appears that Lucy & Edmund learned their lessons from their first adventure in Narnia but Peter, who was so brave &
noble in Lion Witch and Wardrobe, becomes an arrogant ass in Prince Caspian. Peter is upset that he’s still a kid. He
remembers a life where he grew to adulthood and was king of an entire nation. He is angry and impatient to grow up. He
remembers a lifetime in Narnia and wants that back.
Ben Barnes as the titular Prince Caspian is honorable, brave and daring. He’s a regular Prince Valliant. Barnes provides a
sexy new hunk for the adolescent girls to drool over and a love interest to Susan. There is definitely a bit of sexual tension
between Queen Susan and Prince Caspian, playing up the elder sisters maturing to young womanhood.
Tilda Swinton makes a reappearance as The White Witch, but this time she has Caspian and Peter in her seductive powers
and it’s Edmund who saves the day. It’s too bad she has such a small role. She was such a great villain in the first one.
Peter Dinklage has no shortage of work appearing in 14 feature films and numerous TV shows over the last 3 years.
Dinklage is the best part of “Prince Caspian”. As usual he gives a terrific performance and provides a bit of comic relief.
Lucy refers to him as DLF (Dear Little Friend) to his endless embarrassment.
The ending from LWW was much better. “Narnia 2” is too violent for the younger crowd and too juvenile for adults and
teens. Overall a “Caspian” is a disappointment.