Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

Prince Caspian is not the strongest book of the Narnia series, so it’s not surprising that this installment didn’t quite live up to the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (Don’t worry, the next book — the Dawn Treader — should make the best movie of all.)

The central question of the movie is “Why is God — I mean, Aslan — so completely apathetic to human — I mean, talking animal suffering?” The answer is apparently along the lines of “Because Lucy didn’t come to visit him.” Unfortunately, Peter spends most of the film thinking that the answer is something along the lines of “Aslan helps those who help themselves,” which he most emphatically does not, and many talking animals suffer as a result.

Directed by Andrew Adamson. Starring some British kids, the wonderful and slightly wasted Peter Dinklage as Trumpkin, Warwick Davis (who was also in the 1989 “Prince Caspian” as Reepicheep but who plays Nickabrick this time around), Ben Barnes, and Ben Barnes’ magnificent hair.