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

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"Things Never Happen the Same Way Twice" [Even in Movies]

  • May 20, 2008
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There are probably two camps who will be interested in this `Narnia' sequel: Those who have read the C.S. Lewis allegorical fantasy series, and those who have not, but loved The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Full Screen Edition).

To be brief, our inquisitive British children return to `Narnia' caught in a time warp that finds it in ruins and its remaining citizens dispirited and scattered. Their enemies, the Telmarines,' have a new heir born to the throne while Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) flees for his life. Treachery is doled out in `Hamlet' proportions, as Prince Caspian must choose sides and the children try to rebuild 'Narnia'.

Compared to 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,' 'Prince Caspian' has its ups and downs:

1. Action scenes are up, but the charm factor is down. (Charm is diminished for a more harrowing adventure.)

2. The Pevensies (same actors) have grown older. In cinematic years about two and a half years; by centuries in `Narnia` years. The audience is older, too, and that's what they were probably aimin' for.

3. Both villains deliver a real menace. Tilda Swinton reprises her role (albeit very briefly) while seasoned actor Sergio Castellitto plays the formidable bad guy, King Miraz, head of the Telamarines.

4. Talking beavers are traded for talking badgers. Wiley wolves are exchanged for ferocious bears.

5. Mr. Tumnus is replaced by Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) and, besides Sergio, the best new stars are the swashbuckling mice with swords.

The combat scenes are formidable. They can't be dismissed as merely `Lord of the Ring' leftovers (although there's some correlation.) Some will find it all too familiar, but it remains true to the book with a tension the first movie sometimes lacked, but none of the enhanced blur when Peter merely raised his sword as his army goes past. (Undoubtedly, some will take the chicken or the hen approach, but, in all fairness, if you've seen it all before digitally, you may complain of excessive repetition despite the copyright dates of both Tolkien's and Lewis's works.)

Either way most will agree it's hard to get tired of New Zealand. If that's not a real life `Narnia,' then nothing is.

Overall, `Prince Caspian' is an exciting, yet imperfect recreation in the `Narnia' series. While director/ and screenplay co-author, Adam Adamson, has honed the adventure's timing admirably, the letdown happens only with what has been left behind.

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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 …
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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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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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