“A film with the faith of a child and the heart of a lion.

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The second installment of the Chronicles of Narnia needed to be bigger than the first one. It needed to stand its ground against the other 2008 summer blockbusters. It needed more action than the first one without losing the essence of what Narnia and Aslan represent. It needed the faith of a child and the heart of a Lion. Prince Caspian had to be the movie we all expected it to be as soon as the credits rolled for the first one. Fans had looked forward to this since Christmas 2005. They knew it was coming and they knew it had better be good. Lord of the Rings proved it could be done, but so many other films proved it isn’t always done. Now we can see for ourselves.

Prince Caspian is certainly more of an action movie than the first installment. This helps to move the two and a half hour film along at a decent clip. Where the first film was visually stunning with the beauty of Narnia, Prince Caspian uses different sorts of Narnian’s to make the film come to life. Centaur’s, dryads, along with a loyal badger named Trufflehunter (a loyal badger), a doubting dwarf called Trumpkin, and a sword wielding mouse all add to the creation of this films Narnia. With reflections of Tolkien’s Middle Earth the battle scenes work well and are balanced perfectly with the storyline and quiet times.

There is a lot of humor in this film which helps with that balance. This could have been a lot darker film than it is. The use of witty mice and humorous one-liners from Trumpkin give it a light banter that keeps the fantasy of Narnia in context. Same with the Pevensie clan. They are still the innocent, trusting group we loved in the original and their faith and love for Narnia and its people helped bring to front what these stories are mainly about. Aslan too is very moving to me as he was in the first film. There is a soul stirring presence when he is around and the few things he says are powerful and moving. The scenes with him and young Lucy are a beautiful picture of what I think Lewis intended his stories to be.

I give it a solid 4.5 out of 5 roars.

“Matt is a member of the North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA) and co-hosts a weekly radio feature, The Mungles on Movies, with his wife Cindy. For additional reviews, interview clips and great DVD giveaways, visit the website”

Review copyright 2008 Mungleshow Productions. Used by Permission.

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