The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008, Movie) – 4/10 review

Producer: Mark Johnson
Director: Andrew Adamson
Writer (Original Book): C.S. Lewis
Georgie Henley: Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes: Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley: Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell: Susan Pevensie
Ben Barnes: Prince Caspian
Peter Dinklage: Trumpkin
Pierfrancesco Favino: General Glozelle
Sergio Castellitto: Miraz
Producer: Andrew Adamson
Producer: Philip Steuer
Writer (Screenplay): Andrew Adamson
Writer (Screenplay): Christopher Markus
Writer (Screenplay): Stephen McFeely
Tilda Swinton: The White Witch
Liam Neeson: Aslan
Eddie Izzard: Voice of Reepicheep

Chronicles of Narnia, The: Prince Caspian (2008)

The Pevensie children are called back to Narnia by a magic horn blown by Prince Caspian, on the run from his uncle who wants to rule the world for himself.

4/10

It never ceases to amaze me the number of filmmakers who insist on making their lead characters difficult to like. While the children were quite good in the first film, here they are difficult to stomach. Normally, having a bad guy that is more tolerable than your nominated heroes would be a movie’s most significant mistake but writer / director Andrew Adamson manages to make an even bigger mistake: this $200 million movie (where a mouse slits a guys throat) is bor-or-ring. It should also probably be pointed out that this is a film about children killing countless dudes. Now the final battle is pretty strong (nearly makes the movie worth sitting through) and makes an interesting comparison to an earlier castle raid which had been added by the filmmakers. The castle raid is shapeless, unimaginative, uninvolving and uninteresting and none of the characters play to their strengths. The final battle is imaginative, spectacular and features clear and interesting tactics and balance of power. In summary, read the book; it’s good, this isn’t.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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