I haven't seen Prince Caspian yet, but it doesn't surprise me in the least that it's getting reviews like this:
The unexpected success of the first episode of C.S. Lewis' seven-part Chronicles of Narnia three years ago — $745 million worldwide — has spawned the inevitable sequel, a darker, more violent and more overtly faith-based follow-up... The Narnia assembly line is already cranked up for further installments, but they had better be more interesting than this uninspired sword-sorcery-and-spirituality spectacle.
The review tells you more about its writer (Hap Erstein from the Palm Beach Post) than it tells you about the movie. First of all, anyone that thought the success of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was unexpected grossly underestimates the appeal of CS Lewis. Secondly, the assembly line is cranked up for future installments because other books were written. Finally, this movie may be somewhat uninspired but it's not necessarily the fault of the moviemakers. Of the seven books that make up the Chronicles of Narnia I'd rank Prince Caspian sixth. Here's how I'd rank the entire series:
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- The Last Battle
- The Magician's Nephew
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- The Silver Chair
- Prince Caspian
- The Horse and His Boy
How would you rank them?