The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)

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Time Out says

Tue Jun 24 2008

Like the second instalments of Peter Jackson’s ‘Rings’ cycle and the Potter films, the latest Narnia adventure goes ‘dark’. But don’t be too worried. Admittedly, the cosy wardrobe is gone, the witch is put on ice and the lion has gone walkabout. Also, while the four Pevensie children – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy – have spent a boring year back at school in World War II London, Narnia has undergone a repressive 1,300-year dark age, dispensing the likes of sweet faun Mr Tumnus to history. But as soon as you see the tunnel of Strand tube station open before the four gas-mask-carrying siblings and plonk them straight onto a Swiss Family Robinson-style island, you know all’s well.

For this second ‘Narnia’, director Andrew Adamson has decided to vamp up the battle scenes, including ranks of CGI-copied soldiers that frankly look second rate against Jackson’s set pieces. Likewise, his new scratch army of characters – from grumpy dwarf Trumpkin (Peter Dinklage), to sword-fighting mouse Reepicheep (Eddie Izzard) and a stable of red-faced centaurs – seem derivative. And, further, there’s arguably too much distracting ‘business’ with the weirdly Iberian-accented new ‘enemy’, the Telmarines. But, all that said, ‘Prince Caspian’ retains a winning, albeit old-fashioned charm of its own. Much of that is down to the performances of the siblings – notably Georgie Henley’s Lucy – who balance the film’s fantastic excursions with a sweetly domestic sense of scale.
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Rated:

PG

UK release:

Thu Jun 26, 2008

Duration:

144 mins

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Director:

Andrew Adamson

Cast:

Ben Barnes, Anna Popplewell, Peter Dinklage

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John

Whatever merits or demerits the movie has, one thing is clear: It has nothing to do with the C.S. Lewis novel. I get tired of movies that claim to be based on a novel or book but aren't.

John

This movie suffers from SHS (Sherlock Holmes Syndrome). If you indicate by the title of a movie that it is based on a book or series of books, PLEASE make the movie have at least a decent resemblance to the book(s).

Flower

The film simply did'nt come up to my standards. I've read all the books, and (the film) Prince Caspian lacks originality. In the LWW, The director settled on an all English film, staying as close to the book as possible. It worked well and the public loved it. JK Rowling stayed English for Harry Potter as well instead of going American and the world loves it. Dont get me wrong, I love lots of American films, but some have to stay to the book. unfortunately, Prince Caspian Ignored these rules. The whole film was put together with constant battles. At the end, the film suddenly turned soppy with Susan saying goodbye to Caspian. Some of us are NOT looking for fighting OR soppy goodbyes. So if your looking for a film based on CSL, keep looking

Jamie

I awaited this film with great anticipation, having read the book. However, I was greeted with a dark, slightly disturbing movie. This is nothing like the first movie, with only Georgie Henley (Lucy), managing to keep up her act from the first film. This immediately made her act the most enjoyable to watch. At least the accents of the Telmarines, which all sounded the same, kept me amused throughout the film.

Hannah

This Movie is so COOL! Yall did a great job on this movie, I really want to see it again. And if yall have not read the book's than you might want to! There really good!

Hannah

This Movie is so COOL! Yall did a great job on this movie, I really want to see it again. And if yall have not read the book's than you might want to! There really good!

lottie

Id just like to say to al these people who say over 14 shouldnt bother watching it are sooo wrong im 17 and me and a few mates when to watch it and absolutly loved it and its not a film id normaly go 4!!!!

lottie

Id just like to say to al these people who say over 14 shouldnt bother watching it are sooo wrong im 17 and me and a few mates when to watch it and absolutly loved it and its not a film id normaly go 4!!!!

mad_about_movies

it was gd although a bit borin at the begining. I would not reccomend tp people over 14. but i tottaly agree with PARENT it tottaly causes knife attacks. But on the whole great....if you like that type of moovie..

andy foster

i wouldnt recommend this to anyone over 14.both narnia films are trying to win lord of the rings fans over,but they are a poor substitute.the massive army brought to crush the enemy, is ridiculously over the top,and theres no depth and virtually no story.

JJ

FROM ONE PARENT TO ANOTHER, GROW UP!! YOU MUST BE IN YOU 80's. THERE IS KNOW WAY THIS FILM COULD CAUSE KIDS TO USE KNIVES TO KILL. I FIND IT EXTREMELY FRUSTRAIGHTING WHEN PARENTS WANT TO BLAME FILMS FOR THE WAY OUR KIDS ACT TODAY. THE ONLY THING/ PEOPLE TO BLAME ARE THE PARENTS. I TOOK MY KIDS TO WATCH THIS FAB FILM AND I WILL DEF BE GETTING IT ON DVD WHEN IT COMES OUT. 10 OUT OF 10.

JJ

FROM ONE PARENT TO ANOTHER, GROW UP!! YOU MUST BE IN YOU 80's. THERE IS KNOW WAY THIS FILM COULD CAUSE KIDS TO USE KNIVES TO KILL. I FIND IT EXTREMELY FRUSTRAIGHTING WHEN PARENTS WANT TO BLAME FILMS FOR THE WAY OUR KIDS ACT TODAY. THE ONLY THING/ PEOPLE TO BLAME ARE THE PARENTS. I TOOK MY KIDS TO WATCH THIS FAB FILM AND I WILL DEF BE GETTING IT ON DVD WHEN IT COMES OUT. 10 OUT OF 10.

emma

absolutely amazing!! i love Skandar Keyes (edmund); he's so much cooler in this movie!!! definately go see it!!

emma

absolutely amazing!! i love Skandar Keyes (edmund); he's so much cooler in this movie!!! definately go see it!!

natasha davoodixxxx

i think this was a brillant film and especially prince caspian ben barnes is really fit and gudlooking lol anyway i would tell everyone to watch it lol and ive seen it twice and its great i cant wiat for it to come out on dvd love you ben barnes !!!!! x ;D

natasha davoodixxxx

i think this was a brillant film and especially prince caspian ben barnes is really fit and gudlooking lol anyway i would tell everyone to watch it lol and ive seen it twice and its great i cant wiat for it to come out on dvd love you ben barnes !!!!! x ;D

James aged 14

I absolutely loved the film and so did my 11 year-old brother. I would recommend it for all ages. A modern epic.

James aged 14

I absolutely loved the film and so did my 11 year-old brother. I would recommend it for all ages. A modern epic.

JM

it was ok - very well made but they have ruined a simple and charming story by making it too "lord of the rings like" I think they missed an opportunity to represent the real magic and wonder of Narnia - it has become too hard and adult like - rather disappointing really.

TheBest Film Critic Ever!

An A-M-A-Z-I-N-G film!! Not as good as the first one, but still great. I think thats although the books should get the most credit, as they were the idea, the films are much more exciting and give a more lasting impression in your mind. Prince Caspian = very cute!! =D

TheBest Film Critic Ever!

An A-M-A-Z-I-N-G film!! Not as good as the first one, but still great. I think thats although the books should get the most credit, as they were the idea, the films are much more exciting and give a more lasting impression in your mind. Prince Caspian = very cute!! =D

monika

How can this film be described as encouraging knife crime? The film advocates good against evil, morals against greed etc. Virutes of honesty, kindness, love are all the things which can be learnt from this film, and the violence is clearly shown to be the result when people dont have these virtues.

Alice

To the parent who thouhgt that this movie causes knife crime, stuff u. As if this film cause knife crime in teenagers, it has no gore whatsoever and u only see a blade a couple of times, all of which there is no blood. If anything, this movie teaches us to believe in ourselves and to stand up to bullies. Have u even read the book? If u had then u wud know that its much more graphic than this movie ever will be.

Alice

To the parent who thouhgt that this movie causes knife crime, stuff u. As if this film cause knife crime in teenagers, it has no gore whatsoever and u only see a blade a couple of times, all of which there is no blood. If anything, this movie teaches us to believe in ourselves and to stand up to bullies. Have u even read the book? If u had then u wud know that its much more graphic than this movie ever will be.

vern

went to see it with the kids. they thought it was'nt as good as the first

P-Star

Right. Whoever thinks that this excellent film teaches young kids and teenagers to kill or use knives are embarassingly mistaken. Yes the film has violence, but that is why is has a PARENTAL GUIDANCE certificate. The film is a lot of fun and exciting, just not recommended for overly strict/ absolutely stupid parents.

P-Star

Right. Whoever thinks that this excellent film teaches young kids and teenagers to kill or use knives are embarassingly mistaken. Yes the film has violence, but that is why is has a PARENTAL GUIDANCE certificate. The film is a lot of fun and exciting, just not recommended for overly strict/ absolutely stupid parents.

Beth

I really enjoyed this film, as it was enthralling and enthusiastic. Ben Barnes, Prince Caspian, was charming and his accent was really cute! World War II was brought in at the beginning, and, as in the last one, it was the beginning that made me cry - the thought of the war always does that to me though. The battle scenes were brilliant, with hardly any gore; like someone else said it was implied rather than shown. I would recommend this film to all.

Beth

I really enjoyed this film, as it was enthralling and enthusiastic. Ben Barnes, Prince Caspian, was charming and his accent was really cute! World War II was brought in at the beginning, and, as in the last one, it was the beginning that made me cry - the thought of the war always does that to me though. The battle scenes were brilliant, with hardly any gore; like someone else said it was implied rather than shown. I would recommend this film to all.

ypul

This Movie is absolutely fantastic. I love fantasy movies like Lord of the rings, Beowulf. This is in my fav list now. Watch it in cinema, its real experience for such a movie on big screen. Recommended? of course yes.

ypul

This Movie is absolutely fantastic. I love fantasy movies like Lord of the rings, Beowulf. This is in my fav list now. Watch it in cinema, its real experience for such a movie on big screen. Recommended? of course yes.

genealogyfan

As a parent, I totally disagree with the [badly spelt] opinion of "Parent". This is not some grubby story about teenagers mugging people for their mobile phone. It is a classic book by an acclaimed Christian author which is an epic tale about the fight between Good and Evil. Since it is about a battle, there is obviously going to be some fighting and I don't find that there is any unnecessary gory violence, most of it being implied rather than shown. While [as someone who has actually read the books] I enjoyed the film, one small thing I would agree with the critic about and which did irritate me was the Telmarines' accent - a small source of irritation in an otherwise hugely enjoyable film.

genealogyfan

As a parent, I totally disagree with the [badly spelt] opinion of "Parent". This is not some grubby story about teenagers mugging people for their mobile phone. It is a classic book by an acclaimed Christian author which is an epic tale about the fight between Good and Evil. Since it is about a battle, there is obviously going to be some fighting and I don't find that there is any unnecessary gory violence, most of it being implied rather than shown. While [as someone who has actually read the books] I enjoyed the film, one small thing I would agree with the critic about and which did irritate me was the Telmarines' accent - a small source of irritation in an otherwise hugely enjoyable film.

Livvi

to be honest i didnt really enjoy it , dragged on abit to much and bits were unnesersary, wouldnt recomend it at all.

Nikki

Compared to the book it was never really going to measure up but as a film in its own right it was amazing. I'm glad Disney decided to carry on with the chronicles and I'm hoping that Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be as good if not better - after all, Ben Barnes will have had a chance to mature into a the role a bit more by then. All in all a fantastic film and one I WILL be going to see again. And if anyone thinks too many died in this one I really hope if they decide to make The Last Battle you decide not to go and see it!

Nikki

Compared to the book it was never really going to measure up but as a film in its own right it was amazing. I'm glad Disney decided to carry on with the chronicles and I'm hoping that Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be as good if not better - after all, Ben Barnes will have had a chance to mature into a the role a bit more by then. All in all a fantastic film and one I WILL be going to see again. And if anyone thinks too many died in this one I really hope if they decide to make The Last Battle you decide not to go and see it!

Pauline

i LOVE this film i was so much more exciting than the last one it makeds me shrivel to think what will hapeen in the next 1!!!!!

Pauline

i LOVE this film i was so much more exciting than the last one it makeds me shrivel to think what will hapeen in the next 1!!!!!

alex

the movie was bad, the little interaction between susan and caspian was unnecessary, irrelevant scenes and i can go on. Sure, if you want to compare it to the first movie, it was better like duh. Thank you Disney for butchering the story. Way to go.

Anna

love it! think it's the best so far and much better then the first one. I recommend everyone shoule see it 10 out of 10

Anna

love it! think it's the best so far and much better then the first one. I recommend everyone shoule see it 10 out of 10

chelly

OMG!!! Narnia was brilliant so much better than the first. Everyone should get out and watch it and Ben Barnes was amazing its so action packed and exciting kept me intersted every minute

chelly

OMG!!! Narnia was brilliant so much better than the first. Everyone should get out and watch it and Ben Barnes was amazing its so action packed and exciting kept me intersted every minute

ned

AT FIRST NOT THAT INTERESTING BUT IT GOT BETTER AND MUCH MORE EXCITING AND BEN BARNES MADE MY DAY FOR HE WAS STUNNING AS WELL AS CHARMING

ned

AT FIRST NOT THAT INTERESTING BUT IT GOT BETTER AND MUCH MORE EXCITING AND BEN BARNES MADE MY DAY FOR HE WAS STUNNING AS WELL AS CHARMING

becca

this film was fab i loved it im going to see it again i loved it i would rate it 6 out of 6 too.

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