The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) **

Rated: PG
Runtime: 2hr 24min
Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell
Genre: Drama
Language: English

War, what is it good for?

In a Nutshell


Straight as an Arrow

Sound Quality

Easy to Hear

Who's That?

Few Main Characters

Naughty Words


Naked people




“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” was a charming film in the fantasy genre. The sequel, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” is quite different and does not have the allure of the first film. Missing here is the enchanting world of Narnia which captivated us in the original. In “Prince Caspian” we are presented with a dark, villainous Narnia, a Narnia which evokes evil. Yes, times have changed!

When the Pevensie kids, Peter (William Moseley), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Susan (Anna Popplewell) magically arrive in Narnia, hundreds of years have gone by since they were last there, although in their hum drum lives in England only a year or so has passed. They quickly learn that the Narnia they knew has dramatically changed. Almost instantly, they are thrust into a new adventure. This time they have to help Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) in regaining his right to the throne of Narnia. Caspian’s evil uncle Miraz (Sergio Castellitto) has killed Caspian’s father and wants the throne for his new born son. Miraz will stop at nothing and attempts to kill Caspian but he is saved and is soon joined by the Pevensie kids.

The plot contains unnecessary switches in allegiance by a few characters which go unexplained. Director Andrew Adamson muddles the plot which slows the action and confuses us at times. It appears he is trying to be Shakespearean when the film does not call for it. What we really have here is a film about war, and war is what we get. There are many battles and after the first few, we’ve had enough. The action scenes are well filmed, but become mundane because of the frequency of them. The one to one duel between Peter and Miraz does stand out and is remindful of the duel between Hector and Achilles in the movie “Troy.” There are far too many scenes of Peter cutting down enemy soldiers without ever garnering as much as a scratch, while Susan endlessly shoots arrows in all directions. Eventually the action actually slows the pace of the film.

For the most part the actors all seem to be performing at the same flat level with the exception of Sergio Castellitto who makes us believe that his intentions are indeed wicked.

Unfortunately, the scenery did not add to the enjoyment of the film. It all appears to be computer generated and pales in comparison to “The Lord of the Rings” franchise. Narnia should be a land of breathtaking beauty and mystery, but it is neither of these.

The musical score by Harry Gregson-Williams is exhilarating and does capture the feel and intensity of the numerous action sequences.

Of course, before the film ends Aslan the lion, (the voice of Liam Neeson) shows up to put everything in Narnia in its proper place.

In the end “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” is simply too much war, and what is that good for?

A former teacher of English Literature, Paul J. Cassese taught in the NYC school system for more than thirty years. Paul enjoyed taking the wonderful film courses of Richard Brown and Scott Siegel, and is excited about his new role as an online film reviewer. Going to the movies has been a passion of Paul’s since boyhood. Paul thanks his dad for passing that on to him.


Cher said on May 20, 2008


My son & I enjoyed the first “Narnia”, but we’ll pass on this one & save $22.00. Thank you.

Tibbie said on July 22, 2011


Thghout it wouldn’t to give it a shot. I was right.

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Arlena said on December 3, 2012


As many video gamers can attset, all the way back to the horrible abomination that was E.T for the Atari 2600 (given only a 6 week window to program, it was certain this game would fail, and indeed around 2M are rumored to have been buried in a US desert), movie video games typically aren’t very good.This is also one of those games.Admittingly, I was looking for some cheaper games at first for my PS3, and I would probably never have bought this game otherwise. Still I wanted to give it a try.The graphics/cutscenes are the best part of this game, as they should be on a PS3 system. The gameplay pretty much borrows from its predecessors (complete puzzle, having to use a specific character, complete specific tasks, mash this button, etc). You can find many other games (the Ratchet and Clank series, for one) that does what Prince Caspian tries to do much, much better.Graphics: 9/10 You’ll definitely feel like you’re in the movie with the graphics, for better or worseSound: 7/10 Standard fare for a game of this type; nothing memorableGameplay: 2/10 Pretty much the same thing you’ve seen 1000 s of times beforeReplay Value: 1/10 Not too many reasons to play this game again after you’ve beaten it.So, if you’re a huge Prince Caspian/Narnia fan, you will probably love the game. Otherwise, you’d be best to take your $10-15 down to a Game Stop and find a different game.

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