Narnia Still Casts a Spell

Return to fantasy kingdom is darker, crisper
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 8:59 AM CDT

(Newser) The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian returns to the fantasyland 1,300 years after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and all is not well in the kingdom. The "darker, more conventional, and more crisply made" follow-up features "more clashing swords than all the Robin Hood movies put together," Todd McCarthy writes in Variety. 

The young cast is "stronger and more comfortable than they were the first time around," Christy Lemire writes for AP, but despite plenty of humor from the kingdom's talking animals, scary sequences and long battle scenes make Caspian "strictly for tweens and up." A little of the magic might have gone, Michael Rechtshaffen writes in the Hollywood Reporter, but "the return to Narnia still casts a transporting spell."