The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian tek's rating: ½

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
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Caution: spoilers.

See also the 1989 serial Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Well. I should start by saying something about the end of the previous movie, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which I didn't say in my review of it. Of course the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, all win their battle in the end. And they become kings and queens, and remain in Narnia for years, until they're all adults. Then one day they find themselves back in our world, not having aged at all from when they first arrived in Narnia, and they can't get back. (It's probably hardest for Lucy, being the youngest of them, which makes for the most marked difference in age reversion.) It's important to know that before I say anything about the second movie.

And here it is: thirteen hundred years had passed in Narnia since they disappeared, though only one year had passed for them in our world, and they're just beginning to give up hope of ever getting back to Narnia. Though it's still hard to have to be children. Anyway, it's a little while before we even see them. The movie actually starts in Narnia, with a baby being born to the wife of Miraz, who himself is the uncle of Prince Caspian, the heir to the throne. Caspian's father had died... sometime in the past, I don't really know when exactly. (I really need to reread the book, which I'm sure had some details that the movie didn't, though it is kind of a long movie.) Anyway, the only reason Miraz had allowed Caspian to live this long (having killed his brother, the former king) was because he didn't have an heir of his own. Now that he did, he had no further use for Caspian. So, Caspian's tutor gave him the magical horn that had once belonged to Queen Susan, and helped him escape from the castle.

Caspian ends up being captured by Narnians, but not before blowing the horn, which I guess is what causes the Pevensies to be returned to Narnia. It also causes all sorts of magical creatures like centaurs and dwarves and talking animals and such to gather around him (most notable among these is a mouse named Reepicheep, who's pretty good with a sword). I should explain that the land of Narnia is currently ruled by humans called Telmarines, who had invaded shortly after the Pevensies disappeared. And they had hunted Narnians to extinction, or so they thought. But now Caspian promises to return the kingdom to them, if they help him defeat Miraz and reclaim the throne. And after awhile, the army that Caspian has been assembling teams up with the Pevensies (though everyone's a bit surprised to find that they're children).

I don't really want to say any more about the plot, except that there are a few epic, yet mostly indecisive battles. It seemed like an awful lot happened in the movie. Naturally, the good guys win in the end, and Caspian becomes King, and the Pevensies return to our world again... with the knowledge that Peter and Susan won't be able to return, though Edmund and Lucy may. Anyway, there were alot of characters who I couldn't always keep track of (and all the villains looked the same to me, just a bunch of dudes with pointy black beards). But it was a fairly good story, even if I thought the ultimate resolution of the conflict was too sort of... sudden and easy, after everything that came before it. But mainly it was just a fun movie to look at, with decent acting and stuff. Like the first one. And I look forward to the third....

fantasy index

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe * Prince Caspian * The Voyage of the Dawn Treader