I was sitting on the edge of my seat watching this movie. What children movie? If they added more blood, this movie would be an equivalent for "300". I was extremely satisfied watching this amazing war fantasy because I noticed how dark the movie was, and yet not entirely run away from the spirit of the original story.
A year after their first adventure in Narnia, Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are pulled back in by Susan's magic horn. They find that thousands of years have passed, and Narnia is now ruled by the bloodthirsty King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto), uncle to the true heir, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), now in exile. Now the children must find Caspian and help him depose Miraz. Directed by Andrew Adamson.
This movie is not as tame as "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe". There are darker themes like asassination, treachery, genocide, murder, racism, violence, and hint of sex -- so it may not be suitable for younger kids, but I guess it's okay for tweens. The story itself reminded me with Shakespearean literature like Hamlet and Richard III where there is an uncle who wants to kill his nephew in order to get to the throne. I personally enjoyed it immensly, because I was caught up with the storyline who seemed real, in a sense that it wasn't too children fantasy but more like an epic or colossal movie. Narnia is depicted as more savage and more extreme, unlike the first one where it was beautiful and pure. It's a great allegory for growing up, that people aren't pure anymore and they are turned into something else. The themes of this movie are more mature, and I like how they went to the gray area direction instead the usual black and white point of view.
I love the acting from the actors in this movie, especially King Miraz. He had this evil charisma and nuance, not just playing stereotypical evil person -- but more with personality. Like Othello, who had his doubt and honor and he had to endure trust from the people around him, not knowing those people might stab him in the back. Don't get me wrong, King Miraz is the antagonist in this movie, but had more substance and driven by his own morality compass. This movie reminded me with other war epic colossal movies like "Elizabeth", "Gladiator", "Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers", "King Arthur" or "Quest of Camelot". I was satisfied watching the acting from the main characters, Caspian himself (Good Lord, he's handsome), and the supporting characters. The costumes are great; the villains were wearing Conquistadors, which brings the storyline more ripe. I don't like the ending, though -- they put a pop music - totally unfit with the serious tone of this movie.
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