The Pevensie children return to the fantasy land of Narnia in this second installment of the classic C.S. Lewis novels. Following 2005's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an exciting, action-packed fantasy adventure.
If one has not seen The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a viewer may find themselves scratching their head over the story and characters in Prince Caspian unless they have read the novels. Like many sequels, this film doesn't have to bother with setting up a premise or the development of the characters, and proves to be much darker than its predecessor.One year after leaving Narnia, the four young Pevensie children — Peter (William Moseley), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Susan (Anna Popplewell), and Lucy (Georgie Henley) — find themselves back in the wondrous realm. Upon arrival, the children discover more than 1,300 years have passed in Narnian time, and Narnia has been conquered and destroyed by the invading Telmarines under the control of the evil King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto).
The children meet up with the young Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne of Narnia, who has been forced into hiding along with the remaining Narnians. The prince's uncle, Miraz, plots to kill the prince and place his own newborn son on the throne. The Pevensie children team up with Prince Caspian and the rest of the Narnians on an extraordinary journey to find Aslan (Liam Neeson) and rescue Narnia from Miraz's oppressive hold.
As far as story is concerned, Prince Caspian has little to none. Director Andrew Adamson, of Shrek fame, is content with having the film act as one giant action sequence without exploring character background. The film has the feeling of a filler. It has little plot development and seems to be waiting until the next novel from C.S. Lewis' chronicles is adapted onto film. The only significant aspect of this film was the introduction of Prince Caspian, who is relevant in the later novels.