The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
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In this one, the four kids return to Narnia (via the Shazam train), but it's centuries later and the magical world has fallen to that of Men. Now they must bring the magic back with the help of the title character, a Hamlet type on the run from his evil uncle. At 2½ hours, I was surprised at how underwritten it was, paying off small character arcs from the first film without necessarily reminding us of them. Nothing confusing, but audiences who've never seen Wardrobe would probably be lost. The film at least didn't feel its length, perhaps because it still has a rather simple plot, with big set pieces, both personal and epic. Wardrobe won me over because of some of the animal characters, but few guest-stars really do it for me here, the chivalrous mouse feeling a heck of a lot like a riff on Shrek's Puss'n'Boots (maybe because both films have the same director), and Prince Caspian is a bit of a douche, whom I certainly DON'T want to see win the day or get the girl. Flawed, but reasonable entertainment.
Even worse than the first Narnia film, Prince Caspian must be one of the most amateurishly acted movies I've seen in ages. While in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe you can forgive the child actors of finding their way in the acting world, discovering an own style and making authentic emotional expressions combined with their memorized lines, it is much harder to forgive them for it when there's almost no improvement to be seen three years later (except for maybe Georgie Henley). On the other hand, just like with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint it takes some time to adjust. For them it also took two Harry Potter movies to get the acting really going. Sadly it makes Prince Caspian hard to watch. There are no James McAvoy and (almost) no Tilda Swanton to cover things up this time. We get Peter Dinklage instead, but that nearly suffices. Especially with Ben Barnes doing a ridiculous Spanish accent. The storyline again is smothered by Christian symbolism and the cinematography by ridiculously bad blue screen effects. The result again is an awful picture that irritates more than it amuses.
this movie really suffers from the source material. the book is great, but it just doesn't translate well into a great movie for this genre. it still is a very fun and good movie at it's heart. looking forward to Dawn Treader this Christmas!
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