The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)



Family (2008)
144mins US

Starring: Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, Ben Barnes
Director: Andrew Adamson
Writer(s): Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
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It has been a year since the Pevensie children - Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy - returned from the magical kingdom where they ruled as kings and queens. The experience has changed them deeply, especially Peter, who is frustrated to be a boy again. The children are unexpectedly summoned back to the enchanted realm by Prince Caspian, rightful heir to the Telmarine throne, who has been banished by his murderous uncle Miraz. Caspian intends to bring peace to the land but to do so requires an army to overthrow Miraz.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

he second book of C.S. Lewis's epic fantasy series reunites the creative talents of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe for a titanic battle between the gentle Narnians and race of human usurpers called the Telmarines...

Trumpkin (PETER DINKLAGE). THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN. Photo Credit: Phil Bray  Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Walden Media LLC.In every respect, including the running time, Prince Caspian is a bigger and more ambitious adventure, introducing colourful new characters from the enchanted realm amidst breathtaking battle sequences laden with hundreds of computer generated special effects. The similarities to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy are even more pronounced here - both franchises are filmed on the North and South Islands of New Zealand - including a tour-de-force final battle that strongly resembles JRR Tolkein's devastating siege at Helm's Deep.

Director and co-writer Andrew Adamson draws heavily on earlier family-oriented successes - Shrek and its sequel - to populate this rollicking romp with a menagerie of comical, larger-than-life creatures who are sure to delight younger viewers. In particular, a dapper sword-wielding mouse called Reepicheep (drolly voiced by Eddie Izzard) is a mere cut and parry away from Puss In Boots, lulling enemies into a false sense of security because of his size. Like the first film, the majestic lion Aslan (Liam Neeson) is the mane attraction of an action-packed second half, and there is a fleeting return for another dominant character from The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Prince Caspian begins at a canter - literally - with the titular heir to the Telmarine throne (Ben Barnes) fleeing his ancestral home on horseback in the dead of night to escape an assassination attempt orchestrated by his despicable uncle Miraz (Sergio Castellitto). General Glozelle (Pierfrancesco Favino) and members of Miraz's cavalry give chase, but Caspian escapes with the help of the dwarves Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) and Nikabrik (Warwick Davis) and the badger Trufflehunter (Ken Stott).

Peter (WILLIAM MOSELEY). THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN. Photo Credit: Murray Close  Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Walden Media LLC.Back in World War II London, it has been a year since the Pevensie children - Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Hensley) - returned from the magical kingdom where they ruled as kings and queens. The experience has changed them deeply, especially Peter, who is frustrated to be reduced to a mere boy again. "Don't you ever get tired of being treated like kids?" he whines. "We are kids!" Edmond reminds him sensibly. The children are unexpectedly summoned back to the enchanted realm, where they discover 1,300 Narnia years have passed: Cair Paravel is in ruins, the trees are ominously silent and many of the four-legged denizens have lost the power of speech. "You may find Narnia a more savage place than you remember," Trumpkin warns the returning youngsters.

When the children finally join Caspian and his makeshift army of minotaurs, centaurs and other brave creatures, tensions between stubborn Peter and the prince threaten to undermine Narnian efforts to overthrow Miraz. Lucy tries to persuade her siblings to remember the ancient prophesy about Aslan: When he bears his teeth winter meets his death, when he waves his mane spring will come again. "Have you forgotten who really defeated The White Witch, Peter?" she tells her brother. "I think we've waited for Aslan long enough," he retorts icily, allowing his arrogance to lead the army into the slavering jaws of defeat.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN. Photo Credit: Murray Close  Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Walden Media LLC.The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian confidently trumps its predecessor for thrills and intrigue, although it does lack a strong, boo-hiss villain like Tilda Swinton's Witch, despite some passionate glowering from Castellitto's power-hungry schemer. Moseley, Popplewell, Keynes and Hensley snuggle back into their familiar roles, with hints of a romantic subplot for Lucy and Caspian, which can never come to fruition because as Lucy ruefully explains, "I am 1300 years older than you." Dashing newcomer Barnes is an attractive addition to the forces of good, capturing the internal conflict of his vengeance-seeking orphan, despite a shaky, adopted accent to align himself with his predominantly Spanish-speaking Telmarine co-stars. Dinklage brings a touching comic tinge to proceedings, affronted when Lucy refers to him as her DLF (Dear Little Friend). "That's not at all patronising," he mumbles.

Pacing rarely slackens so the 144 minutes pass without any noticeable longueurs, building to a rousing finale that relies a little too heavily on the power of the visual effects teams' hard drives rather than characters' emotions. Keep a tissue to hand for tearful farewells that set the scene for The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader in summer 2010.

- Sam Cannon


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