John and I enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Sure, it had its plodding parts (boring, boring villains!), but its young actors have lost their obvious novice awkwardness and now comfortably reprise their roles. As more hardened warriors, the returning sibling rulers of Narnia figure in some breathtaking battle sequences. Darker, more atmospheric, and engaging, this sequel is one of the better popcorn epics of the summer. The story’s quite flimsy, but the expert handling of disparate aspects--mainly cutesy and horrific parts--diverts and keeps things from becoming truly bothersome. Take a bow, Andrew Adamson.
Surprisingly good stuff. It opens next week.