New DVDs Prince Caspian (PG)By Anna Roberts
November 27, 2008
In the days before Hogwarts and Harry Potter, Narnia ruled the bookshelves.
CS Lewis’ classic series abut a fantasy land was rightly considered a classic and so – in the late 1980s – the BBC made its fantastic version.
Then, a few years ago, Hollywood got its hands on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Although it was good it wasn’t a patch on the Beeb’s version.
Now Prince Caspian has come to the big screen. In real time a year has passed and the children – Edmund, Susan, Lucy and Peter – are back to normal London life.
They are at the tube station one day on their way to school, when something goes funny. Storms, shaking ...
A few minutes later, the four discover they are back in Narnia. Hundreds of years have passed and Prince Caspian has called them.
Caspian’s uncle – who murdered his dad – has just had a son who will be heir to his throne. No longer needing Caspian, he tries to kill him.
But Caspian is not one to bow so easy and vows – with the support of all the previously ‘extinct’ Narnians – to restore Narnia to its true state.
There are of course problems. Peter and Caspian seem to have a bit of a battle of the egos going on, while some of the Narnia children are reluctant to believe in the power of lion Aslan.
Needless to say among a backdrop of beautiful scenery, melodramatic music and battles, the fight to – once again – rescue Narnia from evil.
There is no doubt that CS Lewis was a top writer, but there is also no denying that Prince Caspian – especially when compared to its two predecessors and The Silver Chair, is not his best work.
The problem with Narnia is threefold. It stars mainly children. It also comes across a little bit samey – when you’ve seen one battle, you have seen them all...
Then there is the same flaw there is with all CS Lewis’ books – the incredibly religious undertones.
Good versus evil, believe in the Lord, blah, blah, blah. You know the good is going to be victorious. So what’s the point in watching?