The characters of C.S. Lewis’s timeless fantasy come to life once again in this newest installment of the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, in which the Pevensie siblings are magically transported back from England to the world of Narnia, where a thrilling, perilous new adventure and an even greater test of their faith and courage awaits them.
One year after the incredible events of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Kings and Queens of Narnia find themselves back in that faraway wondrous realm, only to discover that more than 1300 years have passed in Narnian time. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has become extinct, Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and is now under the control of the evil King Miraz, who rules the land without mercy.
The four children will soon meet an intriguing new character: Narnia’s rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, who has been forced into hiding as his uncle Miraz plots to kill him in order to place his own newborn son on the throne. With the help of the kindly dwarf, a courageous talking mouse named Reepicheep, a badger named Trufflehunter and a Black Dwarf, Nikabrik, the Narnians, led by the mighty knights Peter and Caspian, embark on a remarkable journey to find Aslan, rescue Narnia from Miraz’s tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land.
Directed once again by veteran director Andrew Adamson, screenplay by Andrew Adamson and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and produced by Mark Johnson, Andrew Adamson and Philip Steuer, the film reunites the original cast and creative team behind the blockbuster first film in the series.
Anna Popplewell was disappointed that her character, Susan, didn't get to use her bow and arrow much in the first Chronicles of Narnia film, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. When director Andrew Adamson heard of this, he altered the script to give her more opportunity to use it in Prince Caspian.
During filming, the cast of children all did some growing up; Georgie Henley (Lucy) lost two baby teeth so had a bridge made to fill the gap, while Anna Popplewell had to be excused from filming for a few days to sit her school exams.
Although Aslan is considered the main crux of The Chronicles of Narnia, his role is lessened in the film compared to the books. Nearly 95% of Prince Caspian goes by before he makes an appearance.
For those, like me, who grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia, the film versions are always a divisive thing. It's completely true that no film will ever capture the magic that a book can create in your imagination, but film can and does create a different kind of magic, and one that is equally as valid.
With The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Disney did a good job of retelling a literary classic and bringing it bang up to date, making it vivacious, exciting and fun to watch unfold. Now we are going back to Narnia once again, to hear Prince Caspian's tale.
Fans of the books will know that this is a darker tale, and is, in my opinion, a better story than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. As you will see from the trailer, there are many more epic battle scenes, and a lot more action and adventure. It's also interesting to see all that has taken place in the 1300 years that have passed in Narnia.
The special effects in Prince Caspian are amazing. Not only in the battle scenes but also for the animals and spirits; Aslan in particular, as the trailer highlights really well. Don't get too excited for his presence though; he's not in much of the film at all!
The trailer does a good job to excite us for the movie, but doesn't hint much at what's to come. Trust me, though, it's a good, fun, film that the whole family will enjoy.
2 min 31 sec
December 05, 2007
Walt Disney Pictures
May 16, 2008
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