The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Directed by Andrew Adamson
The Pevensie children return to Narnia to help Prince Caspian.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian suffers from the “same problems as its predecessor,” said John Anderson in Newsday. The “first of many sequels” to 2005’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe takes the magic out of C.S. Lewis’ fantasy, rendering his remarkably involved story in an “anemic” and simplified way. The basic plot is there: The Pevensie siblings, now slightly older and living in London, are beckoned back to the land of Narnia to help Prince Caspian reclaim his throne. But director Andrew Adamson leaves audiences hungry for the book’s adventurous spirit and mystical themes, said Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune. He serves up Lewis’ tale of chivalry “on a blockbuster of a platter,” emphasizing the combat scenes—and only in these does he dare to be the least bit imaginative. In Lewis’ book, the climactic battle took up a few pages; Adamson’s version “feels like The Longest Day.” Still, the film “fulfills its primary task,” said Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post. Prince Caspian is a “handsome” enough production to keep fans happy and should convince audiences to come back for the franchise’s next chapter.