I had a chance to see Prince Caspian, the follow up to The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe a couple of years ago. Though I was not a huge fan of the first Chronicles of Narnia movie, my wife and girls wanted to go see the new one. Doesn’t take much to convince me to see a movie at the theater, so we all trundled to the theater this afternoon.
So… Does Prince Caspian have the stuff? I’m about as ambivalent about this one as I was about the last. Caspian may have been a bit better, but it still didn’t knock my socks off like the Lord of the Rings movies or even Iron Man just a couple of weeks ago. (Definitely better IMHO than Speed Racer though.)
Here‘s the IMDB link.
Caspian picks up one year in our world (during WWII in England I believe) after the kids get back from their first set of adventures. When they get back to Narnia this time, they discover that 1000 years has gone by in Narnia during their absence. Prince Caspian narrowly avoids being killed after his ruthless uncle has a son (well, his wife or concubine had the son in actuality, but you get the picture). The kids and Caspian get together to try and defeat the evil uncle/king and reunite Narnia…
This one is a bit darker than the first, as the political situation has gotten a bit drearier. I have to say that I did think that the action was better in this movie than the last. And the actors (all pretty young) did a better job with conveying emotion than the first time. And there was a lot less hemming and hawing over Aslan, the titular lion of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
According to film-industry.biz, Disney was hoping to make $55-65.5 million in its opening weekend and only made $19.3 million on Friday, which means they have some serious catching up to do by Monday to get the numbers they want before Indy steals the screens on Thursday this coming week.
The next Narnia movie is already in the works – the Voyager of the Dawn Treader – set to be released in 2010. We’ll see if that one does any better than Caspian.
Honestly, this is a good movie — but I didn’t love it or hate it. It’s just one more movie.
So with that in mind, I’ll give this a 2.5/4. It was good, but not great, and not one I need to see again or own on DVD. (My girls may disagree mind you, but oh well.)
There is a lot of violence in this movie. Lots of battles. And some scary critters. So if your children are afraid of monsters, this may not be the movie to take them to.