Narnia Installment Worth The Trip
by Reinier Macatangay


Get ready to watch an action packed war movie about … four children? Yes, the Pevensie kids are finally back, but their world has changed.

When they entered the magical world of Narnia for the second time, I kept wondering where all the snow went. This isn’t the same place that Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy entered around 1,300 years ago. Narnians are in hiding. Rather, the Telmarines are now in the control of this kingdom, ruled by King Miraz. Prince Caspian is the rightful heir to the throne. But King Miraz has a son and Prince Caspian escapes because he realizes that he could easily be killed so that the son can be heir. This is where our four heroes are called to come in.

The story runs along the same principle as its predecessor: one must have faith in Aslan, (or God, rather) in order to be saved. Aslan, the powerful, yet somewhat adorable lion is a bit more elusive in the early stages of this movie. As evasive as he is, his impact at the end is something to be expected, which is fitting because this is more about the experience of having fun and being in a magical world, comparable with Star Wars or “Harry Potter.” There are plenty of well done battle sequences that will satisfy those looking for some action, but even if fighting isn’t one of your main tastes, the idea of four kids going into some far away place is something we can all relate to. All of us want to escape and save the world, becoming royalty in the process.

The quality of the acting is almost never an issue. William Moseley was convincing in his leadership role as Peter. Also, his one on one duel with King Miraz, who is supposed to be twice his age, was one of the more memorable scenes. A funny part during the duel was when both men agreed to take a three-minute break. After each one hobbled to their side, looking like they could fall apart any second, both raised their arms to their people, with each side cheering as if convinced their man would win. There is much subtle humor similar to this sprinkled throughout the film.

Anna Popplewell as Susan lights up the screen with her beauty, although her love story with Prince Caspian might be a bit forced. Georgie Henley as Lucy is also memorable and plays her innocent role perfectly, as the one who keeps faith when no one else has it. Skander Keynes as Edmund has a really good scene during the encounter with the White Witch, but otherwise his character isn’t as prevalent, and Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian has an interesting Spanish accent.

My memory of watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe a few years ago is a vague one. I just remember enjoying the adventure of these four children enough that when I heard a sequel was coming out, I felt I had to go see it. I was more than satisfied. The bottom line is that this movie is fun, no matter what one’s age is.