The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

 • TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

 Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley    

Summary -  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.

Cautions - Scenes of war and PG violence. Bens Barnes' Scandinavian accent.

CommentaryMartin Liebman Review-
The strongest asset to this film is the return of director Andrew Adamson and the primary cast. Adamson's incredible vision of Narnia and his strong sense of location and penchant for breathtaking visuals play perhaps the most important factor in bringing Narnia to life. Although the two films see the contributions of different cinematographers, (Donald McAlpine on the first, Karl Walter Lindenlaub here), Adamson's talent as a filmmaker and creative imagination are clearly the overriding strengths that maintain the seamless continuity of the look of the films. Like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian features majestically-filmed and expertly choreographed battle sequences that are as intense and exciting as most any other in recent memory, but with practically no blood or gore. Prince Caspian represents family-friendly filmmaking at its finest. The film also features an abundance of seamless special effects; the final confrontation between Narnians and Telmarines is literally awash in perhaps the most incredible special effect in the Narnia series yet. Finally, the return of the four actors who portray the Pevensie children lends to the film a continuation of the strong, almost familial, bond between the actors. It is almost as if the actors never left the set between films, rather simply continuing on in-character, remaining as closely knit in life as the movie would lead viewers to believe.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian makes for a fine sequel to one of the best films of the past decade. Continuing in the traditions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian sees the return of the primary cast and crew, making for a seamless transition between films. While this film lacks many of the spiritual undertones of the first film (though Caspian does feature a look at the importance of faith), it is certainly bigger and bolder, more glamorous and action-packed. Anyone looking for a fairly straight retelling of the Lewis novel may be somewhat disappointed. Still, Prince Caspian delivers a strong sequel to an amazing film, following up the story well and continuing the budding legacy of the Narnia novels brought to life. Director Andrew Adamson is perhaps the series' greatest asset. His vision is extraordinary; his directorial style, particularly in these grandiose Narnia movies, is nothing short of awe-inspiring; and his passion for the stories and the filmmaking process, as evidenced by his enthusiastic and intelligent contributions. Martin Liebman


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