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Prince Caspian (2008)

by on 2010/12/13

“You may find Narnia a more savage place than you remember.”

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Prince Caspian, facing a crisis in the Telmarine kingdom, uses Queen Susan’s horn to summon the Pevensie quartet back to the high fantasy world of Narnia.  The children discover centuries have passed in their absence.  They rouse the Narnians from hiding and hibernation, in an effort to overthrow the corrupt King Miraz.

Caspian feels similar to the second half of its predecessor, expanded to fill two and a half hours.  Dark and complex, especially for a “children’s” movie, it notches up the bloodshed, politics, and moral ambiguities.  Objectives are less clear, as are the over-numerous protagonists’ claims to righteousness.

It’s an interesting ride but, when its highlight is a cameo by the White Witch, something is amiss.

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Please note:  This review is a placeholder “stub” intended for future revision.

Rated PG for violence

150 minutes

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