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Movie Review - Prince Caspian

Monday, May 19, 2008

Movie Review - Prince Caspian

Starring Ben Barnes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Georgie Henley, and Peter Dinklage

Rated PG for epic battle action and violence.

As I said in the pre-review, this particular movie is a sequel to the previous flick in the Narnia series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Both movies are based on books in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. The main four children actors/actresses are back in there main roles and thus the movie begins.

Prince Caspian details the return of the four children to the world of Narnia. Once they are back, they find that everything they knew is destroyed and a new king threatens the very existence of Narnians, the mythological creatures that inhabit the land. Prince Caspian goes against the king and aligns himself with the Narnians. The four children and Caspian work together to bring back peace to the lands of Narnia.

Overall, the flick is very similiar to the first, but adds more layers to the story. In the first flick, the children come and then are told they must fight and help with the battle for Narnia. The new flick, the children come and then they are told they much help fight to reclaim the land for Narnia. The differences come in how the story unfolds and how the filmmakers don't waste anytime explaining the history of the four children and Narnia, but just assume that you've seen the first flick. This is common practice in sequels these days and I welcome it, as it makes for more room to tell the new story. The new story has a lot more depth and manages to intrigue me more, especially on the screen. I was always a fan of Prince Caspian in the book series and so far, I do enjoy the new flick much more than the first.

The acting is definitely better than the first which was one of my biggest concerns with the first flick. All four children have improved but could still use some more acting lessons. The supporting cast is great! Ben Barnes plays Caspian extremely well and I look forward to him leading the way in the next Narnia flick. Peter Dinklage is amazing in the role of Trumpkin, a dwarf. He is absolutely the best actor in the show and hopefully he can continue to get great acting roles to showcase his talent.

The directing is on par, however formulaic. The CG effects are outstanding especially the great care taken in making Aslan, the great lion, as real as possible. Lots of great battle scenes and action intermixed with lots of CG animals and effects create a wonderful mixture of pretty things to look at on the screen. Overall, wonderful special effects!

I enjoyed Caspian way more than I thought I would. It is pretty battle heavy and the most on screen deaths for any PG rated film I've ever seen, but the violence is bloodless so it warrants a lighter rating. The flick is well worth watching, but it does help to either read the book or watch the movie of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so you at least know what they are talking about at times.

In the pre-review I estimated a $75 million take over the weekend. I was wrong. Caspian only took in $56 million and thus let down most of the industry estimates that had it taking in somewhere between $80-95 million because of no real competition in the marketplace, but Iron Man continued to show unexpectedly strong box office legs again to take away some of Caspian's box office.

Caspian is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook, NE. Check out www.fridleytheatres.com for more info and showtimes.

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