Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Movie name: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince of Caspian
Year of release: 2008
Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson, Eddie Izzard, Sergio Castellito, Peter Dinklage, Vincent Grass, Pierfrancesco Favino, Damián Alcázar
Genre: Action, Family, Fantasy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4

Synopsis: Following the unexpected success that was the first installment of CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, Disney jumped immediately on production of the following films (more sequels to come). Whereas the third film will have Michael Apted as a director, the first and second films fell on the lap of Andrew Adamson, previously known as the helmer of the Shrek films. This turns out to be the biggest weakness of the first film and now, "Prince Caspian". The first film tried desperately to be a follow up to the "Lord of the Rings" concept and look, something that this film also aims at, however the results have fallen flat and uninspired. Whereas Peter Jackson breathes life to his adventures, Adamson feels too uninspired, which falters the film (particularly considering the huge means he had available in this film). The actors have evolved from their wooden performances in the first film (much like the kids of the "Harry Potter" films), yet the scene stealing goes to the wonderful Tilda Swinton that manages to breathe some menace in the few minutes she's on screen. The film had a lot of potential, and you almost wish there was more to it, but the film feels lackluster and ultimately not very satisfying.