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Review: 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian'

'Narnia' sequel delivers good family entertainment, but it's just a little too much of an action film.

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"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" takes place one year after the events in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," the initial film in the series derived from the C.S. Lewis religio-fantasy series. In Narnian years, however, that one year represents about 1,300. Fortunately, watching this movie doesn't feel quite that long.

Once more we are unceremoniously plopped into the world of the Pevensie siblings: big brother Peter (William Moseley) and little brother Edmund (Skandar Keynes), big sister Susan (Anna Popplewell), and little Lucy (Georgie Henley). They find them­­selves transported, via a World War II-era Tube station in Trafalgar Square, to Narnia, where last time out they dispatched the White Witch (Tilda Swinton) and were elevated to royalty. (The White One makes a brief cameo here, but she is sorely missed.)

The moral of this new movie seems to be: You can't go home again – especially if you arrive 1,300 years later. The new Narnia is a pale reflection of the old. The talking beasties and mythological creatures live precariously on the margins of the kingdom now ruled by the Telmarines, a race of entirely dark-haired humans (no blondes need apply).

The Pevensie clan has been summoned to Narnia by Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), who fled the castle when it became clear his uncle, Lord Miraz (Sergio Castellito), was out to off him. Miraz looks as if he'd be equally at home starring in "300."

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