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The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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A spectacular but hollow fantasy

The kids from The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe are back in the second Narnia chronicle, which also sees Shrek’s Andrew Adamson at the helm again and Tilda Swinton returning for a very brief cameos as evil sorceress Jadis.

Alas, the original’s sense of child-like magic and wonder has gone AWOL, supplanted by a downbeat torpor only fitfully alleviated by Eddie Izzard’s sword-wielding mouse.

Ben Barnes looks the part as the titular Prince Caspian but lacks the charisma needed to carry a saga that has no clearly defined dichotomy between good and evil.

The result? A spectacular but hollow fantasy that makes you hope Michael Apted has some tricks up his sleeve for Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.

This two-disc Special Edition comes with a selection of commentaries, featurettes, bloopers and deleted scenes that were all unavailable
at press time.

Neil Smith

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    • AnneFay

      Nov 17th 2008, 15:15

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    • Goodland

      Nov 23rd 2008, 12:39

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      I have always got the impression that reviewers put unfair expectations on movies released. They complain that, for example, a great, well-crafted comedic performance doesn't get rewarded at the oscars and state that they should be judged on the basis of their aims and intentions. Then the review for Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe slaughtered the film for not have enough blood and carnage... seriously, maybe some people might have thought that (as they liked Kevin Smith's films) that Narnia really needed explicit scatalogical humour... doesn't mean that it should be there or that the film would be any better for it. The first Narnia film was better sure - it did, as an adaption of a kid's story, achieve what it set out to do very well - but Prince Capian, again, was a good kid's fantasy film.

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