As an avid fan of C. S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles throughout my childhood, I was extremely satisfied with the Hollywood adaptation of the most famous of his seven Narnia books, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, after seeing several other screen adaptations from a variety of producers. I was, therefore, eager to see the sequel, and I was in no way disappointed with the end result.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian sees the return of the four Pevensie children, as they struggle to adapt to life back in their own world after their adventures in the mythical, wonderful world of Narnia. The story opens as eldest brother Peter, longing to be back in his kingdom, takes out his frustration in a fight with another boy. Sensible Susan looks on with her ever-constant disdain, while Edmund piles in to help with the brawl. But as always, when teleported back into Narnia, it is passionate, caring little Lucy who finds herself closer to the magic, and to the all-powerful presence of the Lion lord of Narnia, Aslan.

Though all is not as it was when they left. The time passes much quicker in Narnia, and they return to their beloved home, Cair Paravel, when it is in ruins over 1000 years later. Telmarines have invaded, and now control the kingdom they once ruled. It’s up to the four of them to grant Prince Caspian his place on the throne by defeating his uncle, King Miraz, but with tension between Caspian and Peter throughout the battles, things are far from easy, especially since no one but Lucy can see Aslan’s infrequent appearances, and once again the others find it hard to believe their sister.

Honestly… after last time, you’d have thought they would have learnt their lesson!

I was concerned that the sequel would be a disappointment, but I couldn’t be more wrong. For me, there wasn’t a flaw throughout! The acting was perfect, the storyline was tense and engaging, and the effects were just as polished and realistic as they had been in the previous instalment.

The performances of the four children stood out foremost. Georgie Henley continued her outstanding portrayal of little Lucy Pevensie, showing her siblings up for their weaknesses with innocence, unwavering trust, and the ability to follow her heart. William Moseley‘s performance was possibly better than in the previous film, giving Peter a petulant, competitive streak that led to intense rivalry between him and Caspian. Edmund’s role was considerably smaller in this film, but actor Skandar Keynes still held his own, as did Anna Popplewell, playing Susan to perfection as she is given more depth with the introduction of a romantic interest or two.

Other notable performances included Ben Barnes, who almost stole the show as noble Prince Caspian, alongside supporting acting from such names as Liam Neeson (voice of Aslan), Sergio Castellitto (Miraz) and Eddie Izzard (voice of Reepicheep).

If this film is anything to go by, the wait for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will not be in vain.

Kirsty Watkinson


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