Alright, so… I TOTALLY loved this movie. I loved the first Narnia movie. I mean, what’s not to love about Narnia? As a little girl I had to read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for third grade. It was assigned reading. So was Magician’s Nephew and Horse and His Boy, as well as Prince Caspian I believe. I can’t remember, but I think those were the only ones we covered in class. I, however, went to the library and read Silver Chair and, my absolute favorite Voyage of the Dawn Treader. No matter in what order you read the books, I have always found them to be a delight. (It wasn’t until I got the Narnia box set that I knew about the final book, The Last Battle, and I read it… and cried profusely and loved the series even more).
Shame on anyone who hasn’t already read the full set of Narnia, seriously… I’d say to stop reading, that Narnia existence offends me, but that would actually seem a bit rude. Instead, I will just beseech those who haven’t read them to go out and get them!
Anyways, we’re talking movies and not books. So, the story behind Prince Caspian is that while it’s only been a year for the Pevensie children, it’s been well over 1000 years in Narnia. In that time, the old ways of Narnia have been forgotten and the Telmarines have taken over, thinking they had eradicated Narnians. When Caspian’s uncle finally gets an heir, he realizes his life is in danger. He flees and ends up with all the supposedly extinct Narnians. With use of Susan’s horn, the Pevensie kids end up back in Narnia, prepared to get their kingdom back in order. War ensues, but in the end good prevails.
I have to say, as a true Narnia fanatic, I ALWAYS walk into these sorts of movies with a boulder of skepticism. I mean, my wary attitude has a reason, while LOTR was well done, just look at what they’ve done to the Harry Potter films. Seriously. However, I have to say that so far both Narnia movies have been just beautiful. The cinematography is breathtaking, the plots are true to story and it truly seems to capture all I envisioned of Narnia since I was a little girl. Overall, I just loved it. The kids are original from the first movie and it was amazing to see them growing up.
As far as I know, they will be continuing with the Narnia Chronicles for a few movies more. While it is not in the Narnia chronological sequence, it seems to be following the publishing sequence… which in all reality is good to follow because then we get to keep the same actors in the movies and watch them essentially grow up. But, taking away all of my Narnia bias, the movie is still wonderful. So everyone go and see it, go rent the first movie if you haven’t seen it first though… so you can be in on all the history.