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Andrew Adamson's 2008 fantasy film and the first sequel in the Narnia film series.

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Though Made for Children, a Darker and Edgier "Prince Caspian" Delivers

  • May 31, 2009
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So far, The Chronicles of Narnia films have kind of been like a hidden gem in a recent line of epic films.  Though The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and its sequel film, Prince Caspian don't match up to such films as the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or the Harry Potter films.  However, these first two films have brought some fun entertainment and great stories that I loved growing up as a kid.

One year has passed since the four Pevensie children have left the magical world of Narnia, but  in Narnia itself, 1300 years have passed.  When Prince Caspians, heir to the Telmarine throne, life is threatened by his scheming  Uncle Miraz, Caspian blows the magical horn of Queen Susan, transporting the former Kings and Queens back to Narnia.  Now, without Aslan to guide them, the Pevensies, Caspian and the Narnians must work against time in order to stop Miraz and put Caspian on the throne of Telmarine as rightful King.

Part of what made Prince Caspian a great film is that it has taken on the darker, grittier tone that the first film didn't.  Instead, Caspian starts out with a Telmarine assassination attempt on Prince Caspians life.  This darker themed start to the film really sets the tone for the entirety of the movie.  There are definitely some happy moments in Prince Caspian, but the film mainly focuses on the difficulties of re-establishing  Narnia back to its former glory and the conflict between Caspian, Peter and the battle with Telmarine without the help of Aslan.  I also noticed that the actors who played Peter, Susan and Lucy really matured since the past films which really made their characters stronger.

The only real problem I had with Prince Caspian was Edmund.  I didn't care for him in the first film and I felt in this film that his main role was as a filler.  I don't think people would have noticed if he wasn't in the film and perhaps that would have been a good thing.  While he plays a major part in the next two books, Edmund doesn't really have any purpose in Caspian as he did in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  At least he was part of the climax in that film.  As much as I enjoyed the situations, I think some of the sequences of betrayal and murder were a bit much for a child to comprehend and seeing as The Chronicles of Narnia films are targeted toward children, those scenes might have benefitted from being a touch on the lighter side of things.

In all, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a step forward fort he franchise even though its box office numbers didn't pull through.  This is a must for any fans of the books or ones for epic films.  It is currently playing in Starz as well as Starz ONDemand as well as Blu-ray and DVD.  I can't wait for the third film, 4/5.
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review by . March 16, 2011
I realize that Prince Caspian isn't quite as well-made as the first one. However, I think this one is the better film and I only allotted the extra 10% to the first film because I liked Tilda Swinton as the White Witch. Some may disagree with me, but I think this was the better film because it was much more entertaining, the characters face real problems and the film is not so full of biblical connotations. However, the symbolism is still somewhat there in this film and I think that is a good …
review by . January 31, 2010
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review by . December 06, 2008
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review by . September 08, 2008
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review by . June 05, 2008
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review by . May 20, 2008
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Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a story of the Pevensie siblings who are determined toward off an evil king and restore the crown to Prince Caspian.  Directed by Andrew Adamson, this movie was released on May 16, 2008, and was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for the Best Summer Movie So Far and A Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Movie and Choice Movie: Action Adventure.  The film starred Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Sergio Castellitto, and Peter Dinklage.

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Director: Andrew Adamson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: May 16, 2008
Screen Writer: Andrew Adamson
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
Runtime: 144 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Studios, Walden Media, Walt Disney Pictures
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