The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian features our favorite little kings and queens as they try to save the mystical land of Narnia from itself in this sequel to this successful Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Pevensie kids are back in C.S. Lewis' second installment of the timeless classic. A year has passed since they left Narnia and they've had trouble adjusting to 1941 England. Royalty, go figure. Peter
and Edmund (William Moseley and Skandar Keynes, respectively) are seen getting into fights with schoolmates, while the once queen Susan (Anna Popplewell) has been reduced to fighting off nerd boy advances.
Back in Narnia, the evil King Miraz attempts to assassinate his nephew Prince Caspian to clear the way for his newborn son to become king. Caspian gets tipped off by his teacher and runs off to the land of
Narnia and is rescued by the gruff but noble dwarf Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) and a badger named
Trufflehunter. In desperation, Caspian uses a magical
horn to summon the royal Pevensies.
Much to their horror, the siblings discover that although only a year has passed in their world, it's been 1300 years in Narnia. And in that time, Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and the peaceful
creatures of the forest have been forced into hiding.
Writer/Director Andrew Adamson manages to bring about
the wonder and mythic grandeur of the first film, despite the darker tones of war in this one. The creatures are a little scarier than before, but you can see Adamson's Shrek background in the cute
sword fighting mouse Reepicheep, a near clone of Puss N' Boots
Georgie Henley's Lucy is the youngest of the brood, but once again the wide-eyed optimist who seems to have a connection to the land and it's creatures. Her connection with the Lion Aslan proves to be the
Narnians salvation. Ben Barnes (Caspian) keeps the film moving providing conflict with the Pevensies as well as a little teen flirtation with Susan. A queen flirting with a prince? Where are the tabloids?
Although there's no blood shown, there's a lot of dead humans and Narnians alike via battle, so leave the little ones at home. At 144 minutes, not much was left on the cutting room floor and it does lag at times, but the charm of the Pevensies and certain talking
badger will definitely keep you looking forward to your next trip to Narnia.
Billy Tatum gives The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Four and a half scoops