The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Synopsis
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.
One 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 mercy.
The 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.
Somewhere in amidst the religious community’s massive push to claim Chronicles of Narnia as their exclusive property and use it as a recruiting tool, the truth about The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe went unnoticed. That being that it’s really good. Andrew Adamson did an amazing job of adapting C.S. Lewis’s material and in fact found more depth in it than the rather simple children’s book Lewis wrote originally did. Adamson fleshed the story out into stunning life, and he’ll return to do it again for the second film in the fantasy series, Prince Caspian.
But he’d better hurry. As with Harry Potter, the clock is ticking here. The film’s child stars aren’t getting any younger. By the time the second film hits theaters, the oldest of the children, William Moseley, will be 21. Ouch.
They’ll get the second film done, but doing a third may be a problem. Only the youngest two kids show up in movie number three, but even they’ll be nearly 17 by the time Prince Caspian hits theaters. What I’m saying here folks is enjoy this one, because the formula will have to change for any subsequent movies.
For The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian though, expect more of the brilliant filmmaking that made the first film work so well. Adamson and his entire cast return to bring more of Aslan’s land to life. The respect they’ve earned with the success of the first film should only help make this movie better. If Disney is smart, they’ll give Adamson whatever he wants to make it. Hopefully that also includes a bigger budget to upgrade their computer animation. On the last movie, their CGI artists were rushed, and it showed. With more time, more money, Prince Caspian should be even better than Wardrobe.