Adam’s Film Friday – A Review of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

This week’s movie took me on adventure to a place I thought I knew. This amazing place is the land of Narnia, from the movie Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, sequel to Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

The story takes place 1,300 Narnian years after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which corresponds to only one year in the real world. Narnia has changed profusely since the Penvensie children left. The Pevensie children: Peter (William Mosley), Susan (Anna Popplewell),  Edmund (Skander Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley), have returned to England and their everyday lives from their previous adventure in Narnia. Narnia, which started off as a magical land where animals are anamorphic and magic reigns, has now become a dark, evil place after having been taken over by the Telmarines, who now reign with an iron fist.

The story begins with the birth of a baby boy that sets a series of events in motion, the goal of which is to kill the heir to the throne of Narnia, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes). Miraz, Prince Caspian’s uncle, is behind the plot to kill him to ensure that his newborn son will ascend to the throne. Realizing this, Prince Caspian’s professor rushes him out of the castle and into the woods. There he is picked up by two dwarfs and a badger, who are representative of Narnia from the past. They take Caspian in, but not before he blows a horn, sending Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who are currently in a subway station in London, back into Narnia. No longer the magical place they remember, it has a dark and depressing aura that permeates the land. When they save the life of Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage) from the Telmarines, they learn the truth about what has happened to Narnia and the changes since their last visit. After meeting some of the ex-rulers of Narnia who ruled before all the changes occurred, they decide to reinstate Prince Caspian as king in order to hope for a better future.

This movie was a lot darker than the first Chronicles of Narnia, but just as interesting. It showed how things change, but also how things aren’t as perfect as we remember them. I especially enjoyed the interactions between animals and humans because they make me think of fables and Greek mythology.  A lot of the characters were similar to mythological characters, even physically as some were half man, half beast.

Another great aspect was the music used in the score. A great film score should be able to enhance the movie viewer’s experience, and have them close their eyes and still be able to see the action in his/her mind’s eye. This score allowed the viewer to do so: when there was fight scene, the music had the viewer’s heart pounding. When there was a sad or emotional scene, the music played ever so softly. I thought that the score, even being as diverse as it was, was extremely well put together.

All in all, I felt The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was an extremely entertaining movie. Although not a part of my favorite genre, I still really enjoyed the story and was for a few hours taken into Narnia, and kept on the edge of my seat. Like always, I leave you with a question. Do you believe that a magic world with talking animals and mythological creatures exists, or is that merely a figment of one’s imagination?

4 out of 5 stars

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Walt Disney Pictures
PG, 150 Minutes

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