Critics Consensus: Prince Caspian is Movie Royalty
What's the press saying about this week's movie crop?
Critics felt 2005's The Lion, The Witch, and Wardrobe was a solid, periodically stirring adaptation of C.S. Lewis' fantasy world -- but fell short of the cinematic riches on display in the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter franchises. The critical reaction to the sequel, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, is no different. The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia and discover the land is under the reign of an evil monarch; they also run across the true heir to the throne, the noble Prince Caspian, who plans to defeat the tyrant. The pundits say the film is handsomely mounted, with plenty of visual splendor. However, they also not the film works more as a triumph of craft than a stirring tale. At 73 percent on the Tomatometer, this Prince is pretty regal. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we count down our favorite talking animals.)
Also opening this week in limited release:
- How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summers , starring America Ferrara and Elizabeth Pena in a tale of three generations of Mexican-American women looking for love, is at 100 percent.
- Unsettled, a documentary about six Israeli twentysomethings whose lives were changed by withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, is at 100 percent.
- The Norwegian import Reprise, a coming-of-age dramedy about a group of friendly young literary rivals, is at 90 percent (check out RT's take here).
- My Father, My Lord, a drama about a crisis of faith among a family of Orthodox Jews, is at 88 percent.
- Yella, a supernatural thriller about a woman with a troubled past, is at 81 percent.
- Sangre de Mi Sangre, a mystery about an undocumented Mexican immigrant and his search for his father, is at 80 percent.
- Paraguayan Hammock, about a middle-aged couple's conversations as they wait for their son to return from war, is at 50 percent.
Skinheads need love, too.
75% -- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and Wardrobe (2005)
89% -- Shrek 2 (2004)
89% -- Shrek (2001)