Friday, January 09, 2009

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

I greatly enjoyed the film adaptation of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” so when “Prince Caspian” came out, I knew I was going to need to see it. We got it from Netflix yesterday and sat down as a family to watch it.

I’ll say right off the bat that this isn’t a movie for the faint-hearted. There are several battles which are somewhat frightening and if you have sensitive viewers in your home, you may want to put them to bed before watching it. However, this film is a must-see for the rest of you.

As we begin the story, we meet Miraz, a man who was brother to the former king of Narnia, Caspian the ninth. Caspian is dead and his son Caspian the tenth is to rule in his stead, but when Miraz’s wife gives birth to a son, Miraz decides to kill the rightful heir, overthrow the kingdom and take it upon itself and his son. The young Caspian is warned by his professor and runs away to the woods.

Hundreds of Narnian years have gone by, although it's just been one year in England. Shortly after Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy left, invaders from another land attacked and took over the government. All the magical creatures have gone into the woods to hide, and Aslan is no longer there. When Caspian goes into the forest, he meets up with some dwarves and a badger who tend to his wounds, and he realizes that all the fables he’s heard from his professor are really true. There is magic in Narnia.

Caspian needs help if he’s to retain his kingdom, and he blows Susan’s magic horn to summon the kings and queens of Narnia to his aid. Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund are attending school in London, but find themselves transported back to Narnia to help Caspian in his attempt to set everything right.

This film was well-acted and produced. The special effects were awesome, and I feel it was a great sequel to the first. It also serves as a chilling, yet inspirational, allegory of Armageddon, although the symbolism isn’t overt and can be enjoyed and appreciated by viewers of all religious beliefs.

This movie was rated PG.

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Framed said...

I just liked it because Prince Caspian was so cute. (Is there anything worse than a fifty-year-old woman sighing over twenty-year-old eye candy?)

Heather Justesen said...

Bill and I watched and really enjoyed it too, enough that he had to borrow the Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe from our friends because he still hasn't seen it.

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