Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian, now this was one movie which I desperately wanted to see in a theatre rather than in the confines of my home on my trusty Home Theatre because there simply was no way in the world that I would have managed to simulate the sheer grandeur and the magnificence of this movie at home, albeit my 40′ Samsung Bordeaux Art LCD manages to pack in quite a punch in this area.
Prince Caspian starts off with a riveting opening sequence where Lord Miraz’s wife gives birth to a son, which immediately means that Prince Caspian’s life is in danger. His mentor and friend, the Professor assists the Prince in escaping from the Castle into the woods, that once were the Old Narnia. The riveting sequence in which the Prince is chased by the Telmarine guards on horses, the awesome music playing in the background, the sheer intensity of the chase, all ensured two things – one, I completely missed out on the credit portion of the movie, so much so, that the only thing I remember about the credits is the Director, Adam Adamson’s name, and two, the viewer is pretty much glued to the movie screen for the rest of the movie after such an amazing opening sequence.
This movie starts off 1300 years (Narnian years that is) after the first one, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, leaves off. However, on Earth, for the Pevensies (Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmond) it’s just been one year since they inadvertently returned back to London through the magical wardrobe. For these four, life has become a little boring and they have resigned to the fact that they might never ever go back to the wonderful magical land of Narnia ever again. And the fact that they had to become kids again after having been adults once was something that Peter in particular didn’t quite relish nor enjoy.
Well, in Narnia, when Prince Caspian ends the marvellous opening sequence by blowing upon Susan’s legendary horn (without quite knowing what it would do), the Pevensies are brought back to Narnia, where they are quite stunned to see their old castle, Cair Paravel in ruins. And when they rescue Trumpkin, the dwarf from the Telmarine soldiers, they come to know that it has actually been quite some time since they left Narnia for London. The Narnia as they knew it was no more, the Telmarines had actually defeated the Narnians in a massive battle, and now the mythical and magical creatures such as the Minotaurs, Centaurs, Dwarves, talking animals, all lived in exile, and as far as the Telmarines were concerned existed only in fairy tales and old parchments.
How the Pevensies meet up with Prince Caspian, how they manage to convince the remaining Narnians that they still care for Narnia and its well-being, the ensuing Battle of Beruna with the Telmarines, these form the rest of the movie. If I say any more, it would end up spoiling the movie for anybody who has not yet watched it.
If you are a fan of the Narnia books, then this movie will surely not disappoint you. The Director and his crew manage to beautifully bring on screen all of CS Lewis’s magic and imagination when he actually wrote these books. In fact, if anything these movies add to the entire magic and allure of Narnia. All the characters, especially the ones of the Pevensies have wonderfully matured and grown since the last movie, and there is no hint of any lack of continuity in this movie compared to the earlier one.
Added to this is the fact that the Director hints at the audience to be small kids once again and probably suspend some logic when watching this movie (in a beautifully crafted sequence where Lucy ends up being the only one in the movie still believing in Aslan, the legendary Lion who is the true King of all Narnia). If somebody gives this entire concept a second thought, they will realize that the entire Narnia franchise is about suspending just that little bit of logic, believing in magic, in fairy tales, just for that little while, and giving yourself up to the wonderful warm feeling that movies like these leave you with.