Picks and Pans Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

UPDATED 05/26/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/26/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skander Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell | PG |

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"Mind the gap!" is the cautionary slogan used throughout the London subway system, warning riders to take care when stepping between platforms and trains. But that same gap serves as a magical conduit in the entertaining The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. It whisks the four young Pevensie siblings (Moseley, Popplewell, Keynes and Henley) from 1940s London back to the enchanted kingdom of Narnia during medieval times for further exciting adventures. Mind the gap indeed.

The Pevensie kids find the once paradisiacal Narnia in ruins. Joined by a new pal, Prince Caspian (Barnes, a brooding sort), they fight to save Narnia from the rule of the blue blood's evil uncle. This vibrant sequel tops the first Narnia movie, 2005's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; it's filled with fantastical creatures (a swashbuckling mouse, voiced by Eddie Izzard, steals the film), derring-do and relaxed humor. It drags on for one battle scene too many, but as family flicks go, Caspian is a dilly. (Note: Despite the PG rating, it's too intense for kids under 8.)

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