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Welcome return to Narnian wonderland. Great family film,
This review is from: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] (DVD)Prince Caspian was mainly panned by profession reviewers, which just goes to show you shouldn't pay too much attention to them! The film provides a couple of hours of escapist fantasy, with a strong moral message, likeable characters, an interesting plot and a host of enchanting Narnians. And there's that great big lion, too; easily the star of the movie.
Unlike most sequels, Prince Caspian has a storyline in its own right and doesn't simply re-tread the plot of the first film. Narnia is in peril again and this time it is humans who are doing the damage. Much of ancient Narnia has been destroyed; the trees no longer dance, Aslan is a mere myth, and the few fabulous creatures who remain are in hiding.
The four children are summoned back (after struggling to fit back in to normal life in wartime England) to help Prince Caspian regain his throne and at the same time save the last of the Narnians from extinction.
There are a range of new bad guys (mostly humans), and new good guys (you'll love the mouse who gets all the good dialogue), and a scary-scary moment where our heroes nearly release a far worse enemy at their most desperate hour. It's always easier to turn to the dark side...!
Prince Capsian has its flaws; it's a little long, and the Prince himself is not an entirely engaging character. The makers also shied away from hammering home the film's central message (about losing/finding one's faith, and about fighting for the right thing), although it is there as a very significant under-current. It also suffers from comparison to other fantasy sagas -- although this doesn't seem fair, considering they all draw upon the same mythic legends to create worlds filled with marvellous creatures.
The Narnia films (and books) were intended for children, and should be viewed as such. Having said that -- I'm 40 and thoroughly enjoyed Prince Caspian. I'm sentimental enough to believe that it is right to fight for the oppressed under-dog, and mushy enough to go misty when the golden lion radiates his love and reassurance. (Aslan easily wins my award for 'best CGI lion' !).
If you're watching this at home and can opt for a hi-def version then I'd recommend you do so, and enjoy the effects at top quality. In any case, this is a film which your kids can watch over and over, so it's probably well worth buying if you've children aged 12 or under. My guess is that teenagers and 20-somethings might sneer... while us older ones wistfully recall the days when we could believe in fantastical centaurs and talking badgers. Delightful escapsim.