This follow-up to “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is a darker, more intense version of “The Chronicles of Narnia.” There is a bit more evil to contend with in this one. As a dwarf in the film says: “You might find Narnia a more savage place then you remember.” The wicked King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto) fights against his nephew, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), the rightful heir to the throne of Narnia. Yet there is still plenty of charm left over from the first installment, with the addition of some fascinating new characters and the return of the four rulers from the first movie, namely Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy. These four have all grown as characters since the first story, and it shows in the film’s plot line.
Despite the intense scenes, there are several moments of humor sprinkled into the story, such as when a bear pursues young Lucy until he is taken down by her new friend, a dwarf. “Why wouldn’t the bear stop?” asks Lucy. “I suspect he was hungry,” replies the dwarf.
The movie includes several fierce battle sequences involving sword fights, duels, and the shooting of arrows. The film’s themes of perseverance, loyalty and the fight against evil are to be applauded. The wonderful symbolic character of the savior Aslan returns, but as he says in the movie, “Nothing happens exactly the same way twice.” There are a few surprises in store for both our heroes and for the audience. This is a wonderful story filled with action and fantastic special effects. Return once more to Narnia where fantasies live and anything is possible. Don’t miss this one! It’s as exciting as the first time around! We gladly award this film five Doves, our highest rating.