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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Film Review: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA - PRINCE CASPIAN




Sorry to take so long. If you enjoyed "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe", you will thuroughly enjoy this film. Ben Barnes does a fantastic job as the newcomer to the cast, Prince Caspian, and all the children from the first film are now older and still delightful.

Narnia has undergone many changes since the first film, the main one being that 1000 years have passed since we last saw it. These are 1000 years Narnia time, so the children are hardly any older. Since last they visited the land of Narnia, many of the animals and inhabitants have been destroyed by the Telmarines, a group of pirates that developed a matriachical society outside of Narnia and will stop at nothing to keep thier hold on the land.



Aslan, the god-like lion is hardly anywhere to be found, and one can often wonder if he actually cares about Narnia and the Pensive children, or if it is just one big game to him. If Aslan was meeting me somewhere for tea I would show up an hour late because I know he would never dare show up until the last moment possible.

Rythem & Hues pulls off a magnificant feat in this film, and that is the creation of the creatures that inhabit Narnia. The effects blend with the film flawlessly and help the tension and imagination that was in the book on to the big screen almost just as one would imagine it.

Andrew Adamson knows his book to film translations well, keeping just enough of everything to keep the reader happy to see the film and mixing up the story just enough to get the film correct pacing. Also, his additions to the story, mainly the seige of the Telemarine fortress and the intersession with the White Witch (Tilda Swinton), is something that many directors (cough cough, the Harry Potter guys) cannot seem to grasp. Adamson takes the story, makes it his own and takes us along for the ride, which is what makes the film very enjoyable and fun for the whole family.

The movie is suprisingly darker and more violent than the first film, but there is no violence without warrant and even though many a blow is dealt, no drop of blood is ever shed.

Now I'm getting pumped up for the next film in the series "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader." I hear Adamson is not returning, so lets hope the series stays fresh.

4 stars

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