My love for fantasy has been well-documented. So of course I went and saw Prince Caspian. I went and saw The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, too! And I wasn’t sure what to make of that one. It hit all the beats of the book, which I appreciated (I became a big Narnia fan in 4th grade), but something was amiss. It just looked so… fake. So cheap. The actual CG was decent (impressive, even). But Narnia just didn’t feel like a real place. Granted, WETA took things a few (thousand) steps above those stupid BBC movies, but Narnia still looked like a soundstage covered in soap flakes half the time. And the child actors could be so wooden. The ones playing Lucy and Edmund were well enough to make do with, but Peter and Susan had approximately zero personality. Almost any scene with all four of them trying to act like a family was like a charisma vacuum. But it had a fantastic villain in the White Witch, played to the nines by the inimitable Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton. It entertained juuuust enough to make me forgive the fact that the story is such an obvious metaphor for Jesus’ resurrection. And the fact that Santa fucking Claus shows up. So how does the sequel stack up?