Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Film Review

Plot Summary - Fantasy adventure tale in which handsome young Prince Caspian (handsome is putting it mildly!) must quickly escape his kingdom and into the woods where the Narnians live, after his evil Uncle is out to kill him and take over the throne. Caspian is given a magic horn on his escape which he blows and ends up calling back to Narnia the four old kings and queens - that being the four London kids, Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy, from the first Narnia tale (ya know, where they go through the back of the wardrobe and into the magical land of Narnia). The kids find Narnia beautiful, but in ruins - they are back over a thousand years later than before, when they once ruled. Soon they have hooked up with the Prince and join forces in battling the evil Uncle (now the king) and his men to restore the kingdom to the Narnians.

Review - This is a really entertaining watch, such a wonderful escape into that land of dwarfs and talking animals (mainly here a badger and a mouse) and centaurs and the White Witch and all sorts of other beings, not to mention the Lion King, Aslan, himself. Okay, the film is more than half battles and sword fights - just a bit much for my taste, but I did really enjoy the experience as a whole. A cast of thousands, it seemed like, and well done special effects - dug that giant water Neptune creature! I am a sucker for fantasy, this film wasn't as great as the first Narnia film, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", but it certainly was a pleasure to spend some time in Narnia again. Great fun. Note: the young actress who plays Lucy is very special, she gets such a look of wonderment when she's obviously really looking at, like, a green screen to be done up with visual effects later. Rating - 9/10 stars

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