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Prince Caspian

Disney

Mark Haddon

"It isn't as good as the first film, but children will enjoy it and there's a profusion of special effects."

Phillip French, www.theguardian.co.uk

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Having very fond memories of television adaptation of C.S. Lewis' 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' from the eighties, when the Hollywood version was released in 2005, I was sceptical.  However, when 'Prince Caspian' was released in June this year, I had no concerns, pre-conceptions or feelings, in fact, about the film; it was not one of the stories I had read when I was young and I had no real sentiment about it.

The lead characters (Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy) are all much the same as when we last saw them coming back through the wardrobe in 2005.  They are, of course, slightly older and perhaps slightly more assured in their acting.  However, since there weren't any glaring 'acting like a plank' moments in 'The Lion...', any improvement was fairly subtle (unlike in the earlier Harry Potter films for example).  The film has much more of a supporting cast than it's predecessor, with Narnia now being home to a ruthless race of men who have driven all true Narnians into hiding (or as they believe, extinction).  For some reason, all of these new inhabitants of Narnia seem to have a semi-Spanish accent; as some one recently said to me, you have to wonder if the Spanish ever take offence that their accent is so frequently associated with the 'villains'!

Perhaps because there are so many more 'humans' in this latest Narnia film, it does seem to be less magical than 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.  Not only that, but whilst the content is not lacking there definitely feels to it than the previous film.  Despite this, the film seems to be just as long.  There are certain moments of the film where one can't help but wonder if slightly harsher editing would have resulted in a shorter and more easily watchable film.  One scene that most definitely springs to mind is the attempted ressurection of the White Witch.  The five minutes that is the scene, seems to serve no purpose other than remind us of the last 'baddie' of Narnia who was, in all honesty, a lot scarier than the stroppy King Miraz.

In a nutshell, enjoyable film with an interesting and engaging plot but it just could have done with being about 20 minutes shorter!

 

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Reviewed on 19/07/2008 by Angela

 

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