Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Review

The wardrobe is gone... the White Witch is dead... and Aslan has been missing for over 1,000 years.

Now, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are beckoned back to Narnia to find a vastly different world, where a new enemy stalks the battlefield and the land’s kindly creatures find themselves on the brink of extinction.

The enchanting characters of CS Lewis’ timeless fantasy come to dazzling life again in THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN. This time out, the Pevensie siblings - Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy - are magically transported from World War II-era England to Narnia through a tube station near London’s Trafalgar Square, embarking on a perilous new adventure and an even greater test of their faith and courage.

One year after the incredible events of " The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the former kings and queens of Narnia find themselves back in that faraway, only to discover that more than 1,300 years have passed in Narnian time. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has faded into legend. The land’s magical talking animals and mythical creatures exist as little more than folktales to the Telmarines, a race of humans led by the merciless Lord Miraz.

The four children have been summoned back to Narnia by Caspian, the young heir to the Telmarine throne, to combat his evil uncle, Miraz. With the help of a crusty, valiant dwarf (Trumpkin), a courageous talking mouse named Reepicheep and a mistrustful Black Dwarf (Nikabrik), they lead the Narnians on a remarkable journey to restore magic and glory to the land.

This film has an overall darker tone from the first, but is no less magical.  In the beginning, we get to see how the children are dealing with life after Narnia.  These personality traits form the foundation of how each deals with the return to Narnia and the knowledge that their time there is limited.

I found the battle between magical Narnians and the mundane Telmarines far more intriguing than the battle with the White Witch.  In this story, the events do not have a prophecy pushing them forward.  Without Aslan's presence, the children need to rely on their wits and determination.  Throughout the film, you wonder if everyone will survive this time and just when you think everything will be alright, things spiral out of control.

My six-year-old daughter was enthralled throughout the film.  At one point, she was out of her chair leaning on the seat in front of us watching with an intesity I wish she had while cleaning her room.  As we watched the credits roll, she was wiping tears from her eyes.

If you enjoyed, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Spiderwick Chronicles, this is a must see film of the summer.

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