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

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Prince Caspian

  • Mar 16, 2011
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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 thing because it captures the symbolic essence of the story. Anyway, Prince Caspian is a great movie filled with entertaining battle scenes, strong performances and great special effects.

Prince Caspian takes the Pevensie children back to Narnia a year after the events of the first story and 1000 years in Narnia time. In those thousand years, the creatures of Narnia were driven into hiding by the Telmarines, the now majority race in Narnia. Leading the Telmarines is the evil King Miraz, who only becomes king later in the movie. However, amongst the Telmarines exists Prince Caspian, the rightful king of Narnia but his uncle won't let that happen. It's up to the Pevensies, Caspian, and the colourful creatures of Narnia (including everyone's favourite Messiah-lion Aslan) to kill Miraz, defeat the Telmarines, and help Caspian assume his rightful place as king.

The film is much darker than the previous one and that may turn people off of taking their kids to see this because it isn't quite as innocent and whimsical as the first one. However, there are plot and character elements added to this movie that I liked. For instance, I liked the fact that Lucy, the youngest, can see Aslan when nobody else can. I also liked the fact that Peter, the eldest, was getting sort of cocky and had sort of a rivalry with Caspian. It's almost like he was coming back to Narnia expecting that he would be adulated by everyone seeing as he is High King Peter the Magnificent. However, Caspian was not willing to let him do that and there formed a rivalry.

The film features some wonderful performances. The four children did well, especially William Moseley and Anna Popplewell as Peter and Susan. Their performances really showed what the characters were going through and the fact that they were too old to go back to Narnia and needed to start living in the real world. I also liked the performances of Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Liam Neeson (well....the voice of Liam Neeson), and Ben Barnes. I had not really heard of him prior to this, and I heard he sucked in Dorian Gray, so I was apprehensive towards his performance prior to watching this movie. However, I thought he did wonderfully and I admired how much dialect work it must have taken to master the Inigo Montoya spanish accent. Needless to say, the movie is filled with some wonderful performances.

Lastly, the special effects and battles in this movie are wonderful. I thought the animation for the animals, especially Aslan, had increased in quality from the first film and they looked like real animals, not just CGI. The final battle was also quite epic, especially with the wonderful score and the water creature that comes right the f*ck out of nowhere and ending the battle. That being said, the score for this film was also better and the effects for this film were just all-around wonderful.

Prince Caspian is not a perfect movie, and I did take into account that I haven't read the book, which may have changed my opinion of the movie. I did like this one a tad more than the first film though because it is more entertaining, has a better storyline, and the actors/filmmakers are much more confident than they were in the first film. I can't wait to see Voyage of the Dawn Treader next and you can expect a review of it. All in all, if you are a fan of the series, then you should check it out. If you are a new fan of the series, then you should watch this. However, I would recommend you watch the first one before to pick up on the key elements of the story.

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review by . January 31, 2010
FAR better then the first film
I still remember all the hype surrounding the first Chronicles of Narnia films, The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Widescreen Edition), and for all that hype, for all that attention it received (due mainly to the success of
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
not my favorite of the chronicles of narnia series, but it was still good
review by . June 10, 2009
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"You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content."    –Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis   In Disney's first sequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, director Andrew Adamson decided to make a darker, more adult film than the original entry film into the Narnia …
review by . December 27, 2009
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If you liked The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I think you'll love The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Technically, as a piece of cinematography, the latter stands as a marked improvement over Andrew Adamson's first Narnia film. Better acting, better special effects, even better soundtrack. The plot also has more twists and turns, from the raid on the castle to the internecine fighting among the Telmarines.    The Pevensie kids feel more comfortable …
review by . 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 …
review by . January 18, 2009
This 2nd installment in the Narnia movie franchise picks up one year after the end of the first movie; in England time. When our four heroes return to Narnia, it is actually a millenium later. But the ensuing movie is just as exciting as the first one, with even some romance thrown in at the end. Like any good fantasy movies, Prince Caspian has several grand battle scenes, creatures of various species interacting with each other in English, great swordfighting, and some double-crossing, both by …
review by . December 06, 2008
Prince Caspian is the follow-up to the the very popular Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe of the Chronicles of Narnia book series.    Full of battle scenes, some pretty spectacular. Small children may struggle with fearful images. One scene was particularly sad involved several Narnians caught behind enemy lines awaiting death.    As in the first movie loads of creatures make up Narnia's population. All had been living underground since shortly after the kings …
review by . September 08, 2008
I already expected this to be an exciting movie, but I have to tell you that the excitement got so much higher as I watched this movie with my kids. I couldn't believe just how well this movie was, I mean the first Chronicles is a fantastic movie, but this movie takes a few steps ahead. It's definitely more mature, it takes on a lot of battle scenes, like a Lord of the Rings type of battle with a ton of creatures who are fighting for their land back. We have amazing effects, with taking badgers, …
review by . June 05, 2008
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" is the sort of movie that has one group of people it caters to and one it does not. The group the movie does not cater to is the book lovers. These people are the sort of people who read books and complain about the movies for insignificant changes. These are the sort of people who say they would have no problem with the movie if it was under a different title, a logic I've never completely understood, seeing as how book huggers still complain about "The …
review by . May 20, 2008
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 …
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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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