Monday, May 19, 2008
Movie Review: Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where a thousand years have passed since they left. The children are once again enlisted to join the colorful creatures of Narnia in combating evil which prevents the rightful Prince from ruling the land, Prince Caspian.
Not as much spirituality as the first Chronicles of Narnia movie, but towards the later half it had a lot more action. The first hour or so got a little boring to me as they introduce lots of new characters to the story and set-up the last hour of action. Some of the new characters are strong, like Prince Caspian and the dwarf Trumpkin, but a few of them, such as Reepicheep the mouse, just sort of got on my nerves in a Jar-Jar Binks sort of way. How this tiny mouse with a little sword takes down human soldiers is a bit on the corny side. It's like the director decided to add a Puss-N-Boots type character for the really young kids. But mostly the new evil characters and the mythological creatures, like the centaurs, are great.
It's a very epic story with all these characters combined with dazzling special effects and great cinematography, especially during the battle scenes as they give Lord of the Rings a run for their money in that department (but only that department). It's not as innocent as the first film as there's a lot of darkness and violence to this story, but there's not a any blood or gore really so it's still a family film, just not for the really young kids. Not sure how Disney pulled off a PG rating because I thought it should be PG-13 easily.
But anyway, although it's got more action, bigger battles and scarier evil than its predecessor, I actually don't think I like it as well. But it is good old-fashioned entertainment and perfect for the Summer blockbuster schedule.