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The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian May 16, 2008
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Rating: PG for epic battle action and violence.

C.S. Lewis' classic story of good versus evil is once again transformed into a major motion picture. The second chapter in the saga is "The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian."

In wartime London, a year has passed since we last saw the four Pevansie siblings. After leaving Narnia at the conclusion of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," they returned to their lives in England.

But when trouble looms once again in the fairy tale world a magical horn summons the quartet back to Narnia, which they find is now a very different place.

For the Pevansies it's been only a year since they last visited Narnia. However, for the creatures and people of that kingdom, 13-hundred years have passed.

The fantastic residents of the world have been forced into hiding, with the evil Lord Miraz determined to kill his nephew Prince Caspian and place his own infant son onto the throne.

The four kings and queens of ancient Narnia meet this new would-be ruler but things don't start out very smoothly. They clash briefly before realizing they're on the same side.

Once introductions are made, the Pevansies vow to help Caspian and the Narnians overthrow the evil Telmarines who have ruled Narnia for centuries.

This movie has a much darker tone than the first chapter of the series. Brutal battles are waged with real losses on both sides.

Questions of faith and belief in a higher power are asked throughout the story, with the mythical lion Aslan at the middle of the conversations. Where is he and why hasn't he helped the Narnians in their battle against the Telmarines? It takes the youngest of the Pevansie children to find those answers.

Whether you like this movie comes down to a pretty simple question: Did you enjoy the first "Chronicles Of Narnia" chapter? If you did,. this one will also satisfy. The acting of the young heroes is more assured, the special effects vividly portray Narnia's fantastic creatures and the story, while heavier and more serious than its predecessor, comes to a satisfying conclusion.

On my rating scale, "The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian" hits a Home Run.

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