After a very entertaining first film in the Narnia series, expectations were high for its sequel. Unfortunately, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian didn't fully satisfy me and it was a disappointment. I mean, as far as production, it has everything that its predecessor has and reached up to that standard but in reality, the film's weaknesses didn't make it as awesome as the filming of it did. I will also admit that it was darker than The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe but there were moments involved that made it a lot cheesier and, quite frankly, more chaotic too.
The flaws that Prince Caspian has is that acting was crap from most of the actors, the character development wasn't very good and some of them were pretty annoying, plot became quite chaotic on occasions and I was slowly dying witnessing the 'love' between Susan and Caspian. I mean, romance involved in a film like this is just a 'no, no' and simply doesn't belong in it! I did like the action scenes a lot such as the attack on the castle, the battle in the field near the end and the sword fight between Peter and King Miraz. It may have been darker than the first film but I am afraid to say that it lost most of the magic that the predecessor had.
The four Pevensie children return to Narnia, only to discover that hundreds of years have passed since they ruled there and come back to notice that most of the places in Narnia where they had ruled had either been destroyed or attacked (such as Cair Paravel). The evil King Miraz of the Telmarines has taken charge and seeks to kill the real heir to the throne: Prince Caspian. Miraz is really the younger brother of the real king Caspian IX who was killed by Miraz in order to have the throne. Upon discovering this, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy alongside with the Narnians, Prince Caspian (who is really a Telmarine but seeks to give the Narnians their land back) and the Great Cat Aslan (and former King of Narnia), set out to overthrow the King and be rid of the Telmarines in Narnia forever.
William Moseley, how you disappoint me! For the second consecutive time in a row, you don't bring a heroic or brave side to Peter in any way whatsoever. You have simply made him a muppet who just needs to die. Thank God he isn't not gonna be in Voyage Of The Dawn Treader! Anna Popplewell was just as awful as Moseley was. She was no hero either and she acted like she just wanted the filming to be over and so she won't have to return again. Good job we won't be seeing her in the third film so they are a couple of reasons why that might be better than both of them. Ben Barnes was just so stupid as Prince Caspian! I mean, if he wasn't cast as Prince Caspian, they might as well have cast Robert Pattinson because his acting is about as wooden and plain as Barnes is as Caspian! Shame he's in the third one but at least 2/3 of the pain has gone. Georgie Henley has grown up so quickly after 3 years and she shows once again she is the best actor of the young actors in the franchise. Skandar Keynes slightly disappointed me in this one because Edmund didn't have very much involvement and when he was in a scene, didn't bring out that heroic side to him either so don't think there was any hero in this (except Aslan by the bridge).
Andrew Adamson returns as director and again clearly tries to make another Lord Of The Rings but fails. I mean, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is one on its own and nothing can replace that so you're gonna make it awful by taking a lot from it. However, despite this I'm not saying it was badly filmed. It was filmed pretty well but just took too much from Peter Jackson. Well, tried to anyway. The script was even cheesier than the first one and this one was even longer than its predecessor anyway but I felt that the film should've been cut by about half an hour.
Overall, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a disappointing sequel to its predecessor but it does have its moments of entertainment and charm such as the great effects and make-up, costumes and settings. This is of the Narnia franchise the Attack Of The Clones of the Star Wars franchise and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince of the Harry Potter franchise: not awful, not amazing, in fact not very good, just disappointing. Hope Voyage Of The Dawn Treader will make up for this one.