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The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.
Before stepping into the cinema to watch the sequel to the Narnia series, I watched the first film, 'The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe.' I enjoyed the film as I was taken into the world of Narnia from the four plucky Pevensies and their childlike innocence. The children learn, grow and get the best out of themselves as they went on the adventure of a lifetime.
That is until Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy go back in The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian, the 2nd series of 7 in C.S. Lewis' children's novels.
This is a different Narnia than the first one. The children are a year older, but Narnia is centuries older and a lot has changed. We are no longer in a children's adventure, but in a good old-fashioned Jacobean tragedy. This is a PG-13 film yes, (barely!) but instead of fauns and Turkish delight, we have dark castles, dark forests, murder and betrayal. A whole lot of murder too! So much murder that I'm sure they set a record for PG-13 films for killing on screen.
Yes, this film is a whole lot darker than the first, but in this reviewers opinion, it's also a whole lot more rewarding too. The first film feels very claustrophobic as they are so many digital effects, the director and cinematographer seem limited in what they were allowed to shoot. 'Prince Caspian' is filmed in a much more epic way as we see the Narnia landscape ala the films of the past. We are immediately taken in by the film just by the world they have created for us.
In its most basic sense, this is a war film with children as its main characters. A fun experience for children to see. There are many battle scenes with that hint of romance and psychological complexity as its subtext. The grown up world can get a tad too political and there's nothing like getting a group of children to come in and save the day. There's a lot to learn for us adults in this film.In the end all everyone needed to do was listen to the youngest of the clan, Lucy Pevensie. She is the youngest and the wisest of the group and her youth is the reason why people don't trust or listen to her in the first place.
And this is what The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian is all about. The youth shine in this world and are the wisest of the bunch. No wonder the youth of today loved the first film and will probably love this one. All us adults need to do is listen to them more and this world called planet Earth would be a whole lot better too.
C.S. Lewis' popular novels are back better than ever thanks to the cinema. And the world is better for it. Stayed tuned to 5 more films in the book series.
3 1/2 stars out of 4!center>