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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Ben Barnes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keyes, Georgie Henley,
Peter Dinklage, Warwick Davis, Sergio Castellitto, Pierfrancesco Favino and Vincent Grass

Rated: PG for epic battle action and violence
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: May 16, 2008 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

While this chronicle of Prince Caspian begins with the birth of a potential rival cousin to Prince Caspian, the battle scenes feel like a prolonged labor as they go on and on and on, limiting the appeal of another exciting adventure for Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.

The four time traveling and time shifting characters are found in the underground waiting for a train which disappears when Caspian blows his horn and calls them back to Narnia. A world with stunning natural beauty filled with blue green lakes made up of CGI and some of what is real in New Zealand. The opening panorama is a travel agent's dream. The returning four are hundreds of years past their former Narnia existence but continue to be remembered as royalty from their first journey. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the past adventure through the wardrobe allowed the four to live a full life in Narnia but return to childhood when passing back to England. In Narnia what is past is remembered by Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy but they are kids again.

This adventure revolves around evil King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto) who is the father of a new born prince and plans to eliminate Caspian to clear the way for his take over of the kingdom. The birth forces Caspian to call on the four young heroes for help. How evil is King Miraz? He kills his allies in order to blame the Narnians for the evil act to gain support for taking power.

On this trip we meet battling trees quite like those in The Lord of the Rings adventures but more disciplined for battle. Centaurs and Minotaurs (half human half horse) along with Peter Dinklage (Trumpkin the Red Dwarf) and Warwick Davis (Nikabrik the Black Dwarf) ally with Caspian and the four to battle the evil army and return Narnia to its natural inhabitants. Also aiding in that battle are giant flying creatures who act like bombers from World War II, and surprisingly an English flashlight.

While the animals play a smaller role here, the Badger takes the lead in logic and guides with experience while bringing out more animals to the battles. Miraz must face an attack of mice and men.

While the elements of the story delight we grow weary of the extended battle scenes which are multiplied from the book, but the adventure based on the past when Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie were older can't help but intrigue and make us think of the possibilities.

One other element exists, we all learn that we love Lucy as she calculates how to win.

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