Nothing Happens the Same Way Twice
Review by Christopher Coleman
Three years later, we finally have the second installment from THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA - PRINCE CASPIAN. Returning for the sequel is director Adamson, the four main "child-stars," and composer HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS. In THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, we clearly heard Gregson-Williams establish a distinct style for the Narnia franchise - an intriguing, albeit surprising, mix of classical and contemporary styles and instrumentation. It was certainly a bold move back in 2005 given the success of the Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter franchises, which were both complete with more traditional, symphonic scores. The 2005 film was slower than some anticipated, especially at it's onset, hence the score was considered to lack a little intensity as well. Still, well established were themes and motifs representing the world of Narnia, the Pevensie children, and Aslan. Having done this, Harry Gregson-Williams, like the four youngsters who have returned to Narnia, is able to more fully explore his musical-landscape. In the end, PRINCE CASPIAN delivers a richer listening experience.
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