This weekend brought the second installment of The Chronicles of Narnia saga, â€œPrince Caspianâ€. In this one the Sons of Adam & the Daughters of Eve are summoned from their present day lives once again to the enchanted land of Narnia. This time around they discover that the Narnia is no longer like they remember it. Although it has only been 12 months to them in their time, it has been 1300 years past in Narnia since they left. Since they left, Narnia has been destroyed of its once beautiful landscapes and flowing animal inhabitants. In the years that have past, Narniaâ€™s inhabitants have been run into hiding by a ruthless King named Miraz (Sergio Castellitto) who is out to keeps his bloodline as the sole air to the throne when his wife gives birth to his first son. The only thing that stands in his way is his wifeâ€™s nephew Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) who is the rightful replacement to the throne.
He sets out to have Caspian killed. Caspian escapes into the forest where Narnia once flourished, and when he is almost caught by the kingâ€™s henchman, he blows a magical horn that brings our heroes, the Kings and Queens of Narnia back to help him, and Narniaâ€™s almost forgotten animals and mythical creatures reclaim theyâ€™re land and his throne back. When our heroes first get back Peter (William Moseley) is ready to once again carry on as the high King of Narniaâ€™s creatures. This turns into a challenge between him and Caspian as to who will lead the Narnians against the evil King Miraz. His other siblings Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and little Lucy (Georgie Henley) diffuse the two rivals for the greater good of the Narnians. While all this is going on Lucy is on a steady search to find Aslan (Liam Neeson) who is the magical Lion who rules over the Narians, but has been gone since the time when our heroes first left. Only with his help will Caspian and the kings and queens of Narnia be able to defeat Mirazâ€™s tyranny.
This is a well written adaptation of the second part of the Chronicleâ€™s three part saga. It is just as visually stunning as the first one, and it once again has you leaving the theater with a warm feeling in your heart. The animals and creatures that make up the Narnians, will have you cheering for them as they follow theyâ€™re leaders into battle against the humans. This is a movie that the whole family will enjoy. Even though there are deaths in this movie, it doesnâ€™t throw it in your face, like some battle movies. I loved the first one and I have the same admiration for this second one. I give it 3 out of 4 Centaurs. Those are the mythical half man/half horse creatures that are a part of Narniaâ€™s inhabitants. The movie runs 2 hours and 20 minutes. It is rated PG for epic battle action and violence. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. It was produced and directed by Andrew Adamson.