Prince Caspian (plot spoilers in the IMDB version) is the second installment in the movie adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia. I had watched the first installment, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (TLTWTW) more than two years ago and I’d liked it, but I wasn’t sure what to expect with this installment.
I got my money’s worth and more.
Prince Caspian (TCON-PC) is a pulsating, thrilling ride that rarely lets up from the beginning to the end. The action, the drama, and the plot twists keep coming at you and the result is a gripping movie that I enjoyed immensely.
The four kids from the first edition are back, slightly older, and as usual, the youngest Georgie Henley, who plays Lucy Pevensie, steals the show. The new characters from the Telmarine kingdom, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) and King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto) in particular, add a new twist the the already interesting mix; Castellito, in the role of the scheming uncle, is particularly good.
You can watch TCON-PC even if you haven’t watched the first edition though it would be helpful to get a little background information.
If the first edition was a movie that both children and adults would enjoy, this one seemed to be more for the grown-ups. The action and the pace will take your breath away and will leave you wanting more. A terrific movie from start to finish and a must-watch in my opinion.
PS: Movie/writing geekery alert. The start of the movie is a textbook definition of how a movie should begin–not at a languid pace but with action right from the start. The pace of the movie’s also extremely well maintained and something that moviemakers and writers should strive to emulate. End of geekery.