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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

December 17, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia- Prince Caspian Director:  Andrew Adamson
Writer: Andrew Adamson/Christopher Markus/Stephen McFeely 
Producer: Andrew Adamson/Cary Granat/Perry Moore/Douglas Gresham/Mark Johnson/Phillip Steuer 
Starring: Ben Barnes/Georgie Henley/Skandar Keynes/William Moseley/Anna Popplewell/Eddie Izzard/Liam Neeson/Sergio Castellitto 
Year: 2008
Country: UK/US
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 150 minutes

The Chronicles of Narnia continues on telling the story of the Pevensie children and their adventures in the land of Narnia. However, all is not well in the land of Narnia and all is not well for the movie either. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia to help Prince Caspian in his fight for the throne against his evil uncle, King Miraz. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has a more darker and mature tone than The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, however it is unfortunate that it is a weak sequel and overall, pretty tedious and boring most of the time. The story starts pretty promising and manages to keep your attention but as soon as the four siblings are actually in Narnia, it slowly goes downhill from there. The story isn’t new and it hardly develops as it’s almost a repeat of the first movie but with a change of circumstances and different characters, who are quite dull. Everything  that is in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has already been covered in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe including the characters and their story. Because the Pevensie children are used to Narnia and know it well, it doesn’t make them interesting and, as a consequence, makes them quite boring. Even the new mythical creatures seem a little annoying or boring rather than mystical and Prince Caspian himself isn’t really likeable on any account. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe had also got that certain charm to it and a lot more imagination too, however, for some reason, this didn’t feel as imaginative or as charming. They try to keep Narnia fresh and it shows by adding different things to the scenery and trying to make the characters look all surprised and in awe of the land itself, however they miss out the fact that they lived in Narnia for so many years so why would they still be in awe of something they’re already familiar with?

The thing about The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is that none of the characters learn anything and they don’t grow as a character to be something more. They were just the same as they were in the first movie but grown-up and they had a more darker and evil battle on their hands as well as fighting alongside those who obeyed the White Witch in the last movie. The writing and directing is quite good and it’s not a bad sequel in any case but you could see plenty of room for improvement as well as loads of room for character development. Direction-wise, it’s quite good as there are a few scenes that impress with either it’s very well-used gorgeous scenery or spectacular special effects and CGI. Overall, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is quite disappointing compared to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, however it’s not entirely bad.

While The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian isn’t a bad sequel, it’s nowhere near good and it could have been a lot better. The characters weren’t as interesting this time around as there was nothing that hadn’t been covered before. The only difference is that the characters are older and taller, everything else about their character is the same apart from Edmund, who manages to stay a good guy all the way through the movie. They still knew about Narnia and what to expect, there wasn’t any surprise or suspense like there was in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian takes a major step backwards from the first movie but there are some parts which are quite enjoyable, it’s just unfortunate that the movie isn’t so memorable after watching it. Let’s hope The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader follows in the footsteps of the first movie rather than this one.

5/10

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