Monday, June 02, 2008

Prince Caspian

New review from The Movie Snob

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (B-). I've never read the Narnia books, but the movie version of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe blew me away. This movie, sadly, did not. The four children who traveled to Narnia in the first installment return in this one, only to find that 1300 years have passed since they left the enchanted land. Narnia itself has been reduced to a shadow of its former self by the depredations of a nation of swarthy men that look and talk like Spanish conquistadors. But one of these men, Prince Caspian, has been forced to flee to Narnia himself to escape the treachery of his uncle, who wants the throne for himself. He and the four kids and the remnants of the Narnians must band together against the gathering forces of evil. Somehow, I never felt the magic like I did in the first movie. This one is a pretty dark affair, definitely not for small children (even though there were some present in the theater when I saw it). Hopefully the next one will be better.


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