Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008, GBR/USA) C-150m. SCOPE ** D: Andrew Adamson. Starring Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Sergio Castellitto, Peter Dinklage, Warwick Davis, Vincent Grass, Simón Andreu, Tilda Swinton, voices of Liam Neeson, Eddie Izzard. First NARNIA sequel has the four children return to the fantastical land, because the title character, an ousted prince, has blown the magical horn. It turns out Narnia has lost much of its magic, but the Prince may be able to reunite the Narnians with his people, the power-hungry Telmarines. Filmed with the same gusto as the first film, but script is talky and much less compelling. It seems the film would have needed a bit more fantasy a la the White Witch (Swinton, who has a cameo). There are also too many parallels to LORD OF THE RINGS. Followed by THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (2010).

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