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on 10 February 2018
This sequel to the absolutely brilliant The Lion,The Witch & The Wardrobe has more dark and grown up moments than the first movie. It broods on the nature of deceit, greed, and hunger for power. It also has a brutal one-on-one swordfight and extensive battle scenes that are portrayed as bone-crunching, metal-clanging, sword-lancing riots. All of the main characters, except Lucy, are responsible for many enemy deaths. That said, the movie is relatively blood-free: Though characters are pierced by arrows and swords and fall to the ground (many are injured, and some do die), little gore is shown besides the odd cut on the lip or cheek. Children may notice and be unsettled by the menacing tone throughout most of this movie which includes a fantastically scary appearance by the White Witch (Tilda Swindon) though it's relieved fairly frequently with funny scene/dialogues from the various characters. Like the original, this sequel includes Christian imagery and allegorical storylines, and the characters learn clear moral lessons by the end.
The movie starts with what I would describe as an ecstatic scream and doesn't let up from there. When a baby son is born to Miraz (Sergio Castellitto), his nephew, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) must flee for his life: Miraz wants the throne, and now that he has an heir, he wants Caspian dead. Caspian heads for the enchanted woods on horseback as Miraz’s henchmen are in hot pursuit. In dire need of help, he blows an ancient, magical horn, summoning back the kings and queens of Old (who, at the moment, are stuck in a London subway station). And so the Pevensie siblings, Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Lucy (Georgie Henley), and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) return to Narnia, hundreds of years after they left in the first movie.
Prince Caspian doesn't offer as much whimsical magic as the first installment, dealing instead with darker matters, notably that of Caspian's fight to keep his throne, which is stolen from him by his scheming, power-mad uncle. The Narnians, under siege by the Telmarines, are rougher around the edges this time, too; they're more cynical, angry and tired of persecution. To win their freedom, they must fight often, and sometimes to their death.
As a major fan of the first installment, Prince Caspian is a really good sequel and a must watch for both kids and adults alike, and for me is definitely a classic. Thanks to well-paced moments of levity, many of them instigated by a swashbuckling mouse called Reepicheep (Eddie Izzard) the long journey (the film is just over two hours long) doesn't lag too much. Some dialogues do take you out of the time period; the kids, for instance, refer to one of the dwarves as "DLF," for "dear little friend," which, although it's straight from the book, somehow sounds a little out of context in the movie itself. The fight scenes are taut and swift, and fantastically choreographed. The acting of all the cast members (particularly Henley) and the breathtaking sceneries elevate the movie. You'll be ready to book your own Narnia adventure by the time the movie reaches its climax.
A real good lovely movie.