"Nothing ever happens the same way twice," says Aslan, the lion from "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Indeed, fans of the first movie in "The Chronicles of Narnia" will find Prince Caspian very different. It is rougher, but no less magical.
When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia, they are one year older. But in that world, several hundred years have passed, and the Narnians have been forced into hiding by the invasion of the barbaric Telmarines. The Narnians hope to rally around exiled Prince Caspian.
The harshest critics could find no fault in Prince Caspian's movie magic. The gentlest special effects lovers could find no end of enjoyment in the filming of Prince Caspian. The Narnian creatures are all back: centaurs, dancing trees and even gallant talking mice. There is one particularly amazing scene where all of the main characters are dropped by an eagle onto the top of a fortress in the dead of night. Of course, Aslan also remains. Picture your last trip to the zoo, only better!
William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley have returned as the four Pevensies. Their acting has certainly improved since the last movie, though they were not bad then.
There is also a new king in the books. Ben Barnes is Prince Caspian himself: tall, dark and princely. Try and spot the chemistry between Popplewell and Barnes.
Prince Caspian should be able to please even the romantics without distressing book sticklers too much. If I had to find a fault with the acting, I might say that Lucy has lost some of her innocent charm. I suppose even moviemakers cannot stop a young actress from growing up!
Prince Caspian is not as true to its literary counterpart as was the first, but this is often the case with book series. Most of the changes were for dramatic effect, and they did not harm the central message of the story. C.S. Lewis' wonderful symbolism is subtler this time, but it is there nonetheless.
After a long famine of fun yet deep movies for the whole family, Prince Caspian is like a few drops of Lucy's magic cordial. Everyone from little girls delighted with princesses to their parents who read C.S. Lewis should enjoy it.
If you are like me, you will rush for a rereading of the book afterward.