Director: Andrew Adamson
Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William
Moseley, Anna Popplewell,
Ben Barnes, Peter Dinklage, Pierfrancesco Favino and Sergio
Castellitto, with Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan
RunTime: 2 hrs 27 mins
Released By: BVI
Official Website: www.narnia.com
Opening Day: 29 May 2008
The characters of C.S. Lewis’s timeless fantasy come
to life once again in this newest installment of the “Chronicles
of Narnia” series, in which the Pevensie siblings are
magically transported back from England to the world of Narnia,
where a thrilling, perilous new adventure and an even greater
test of their faith and courage awaits them.
year after the incredible events of “The Lion, the Witch
and the Wardrobe,” the Kings and Queens of Narnia find
themselves back in that faraway wondrous realm, only to discover
that more than 1300 years have passed in Narnian time. During
their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has become extinct,
Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and is now under
the control of the evil King Miraz, who rules the land without
four children will soon meet an intriguing new character:
Narnia’s rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince
Caspian, who has been forced into hiding as his uncle Miraz
plots to kill him in order to place his own newborn son on
the throne. With the help of the kindly dwarf, a courageous
talking mouse named Reepicheep, a badger named Trufflehunter
and a Black Dwarf, Nikabrik, the Narnians, led by the mighty
knights Peter and Caspian, embark on a remarkable journey
to find Aslan, rescue Narnia from Miraz’s tyrannical
hold, and restore magic and glory to the land.
This reviewer isn’t that big a fan of New Zealand director
Andrew Adamson’s (Shrek, Shrek 2) 2005 box office hit
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
He thought the 143 minute adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s
beloved novel was a drab affair, with battle sequences looking
like a poor cousin of those from The Lord of the Rings series,
and creatures which pale in comparison when placed side by
side with the mythical creatures from the Harry Potter series.
So when the sequel comes along to secure its place in this
year’s summer blockbuster season, this reviewer is more
than skeptical that it will appeal to him in any way.
surprise, surprise – he found himself enjoying this
sequel more than he thought he would.
year after their first adventure (three years in our world),
the four Pevensie siblings are magically summoned and pulled
back to the land of Narnia, where 1300 years have passed.
The true heir of the throne, Prince Caspian is on the run
from his evil uncle General Miraz of the Telmarines, who has
taken charge of the whole situation. His wife has just given
birth to a son and the unscrupulous man will stop at nothing
to rule the land. With the help of the remaining inhabitants
of Narnia, the children must help the exiled heir regain his
place and restore the grandeur and beauty that was Narnia.
on the second book published in the series of seven, this
installment of the children fantasy is a visual effects extravaganza.
Compared to its predecessor, the improvements in this movie
are evidently vast. Look out for the sequence where the Narnians
raid General Miraz’s castle. The intense scene is a
fine execution where you may find yourself at the edge of
your seats seeing how a sudden retreat sees the heroic Narnians
caught by a falling gate and eventually brutally slaughtered
by the villains. Also, the finale battle sequence between
the Narnians and Telmarines is an eye opener. Watch out for
the flying boulders, the collapsing underground tunnels, the
soaring gryphons and other wonderfully computer generated
James McAvoy’s adorable Mr. Tumnus in the first movie,
viewers will find themselves adoring Trufflehunter the badger
Reepicheep the mouse voiced by the animated Ken Scott (Charlie
Wilson’s War) and Eddie Izzard (Across the Universe)
respectively. While Peter Dinklage (Underdog) and Warwick
Davis’s (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
dwarf characters may not be the most delectable characters,
fans will welcome Liam Neeson’s aptly booming voice
of Aslan the lion and Tilda Swinton’s brief but impact
appearance as the White Witch’s ghost.
Pevensie siblings Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William
Moseley, Anna Popplewell have grown up nicely too, giving
engaging performances that aren’t as forgettable as
the last movie. Ben Barnes’ Prince Caspian is the series’
new character, and will be around to stay for a while. He
may not be the best actor you’ve seen on screen, but
his charisma makes his a perfect poster boy. Look out - there’s
a new kid on the block.
the 144 minute movie is given the Disney treatment and ends
on a sugar coated note, you realize how the themes of courage
and chivalry have been successfully portrayed in this enjoyable
summer blockbuster. You’ll be eagerly looking forward
to the next journey back to the mythical land in 2010’s
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
swashbuckling adventure that is worthy of being an enjoyable
Review by John Li