Magic Returns in This Darker, More Savage Narnia; (1) Fantastic: Actors Georgie Henley, Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian), Skandar Keynes, Director Andrew Adamson, Anna Popplewell and William Moseley at the O2 (2) Action Movie: Natasha Richardson with Liam Neeson, Who Is the Voice of Aslan

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REVIEW Prince Caspian *** The O2

THEY had billed it as the biggest ever audience for a London film premiere, infront of the largest cinema screen in Europe. It didn't disappoint.

Liam Neeson, David Walliams and the film's young British star Ben Barnes joinedalmost 10,000 others at the O2 for the screening of The Chronicles of Narnia:Prince Caspian, in an event that Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson likened tothe Oscars.

That's taking it too far, but the Greenwich peninsula has never looked so good.In the evening sunshine, the masses traipsed up the red carpet, through agateway to Narnia, while soldiers fought on the sidelines and horsemen jostledfor position.

As O2 novices, my family found inside even more impressive. If you're used towatching films in London with a few dozen people in a dungeon of a room, thenthis is a completely new experience. As the Telmarine army thundered across theplains in the final battle, the 50,000-watt sound system seemed to shake thearena floor itself. So what of the film, this much awaited sequel to The Lion,The Witch And The Wardrobe? "You may find Narnia a more savage place than youremember,'" the four Pevensie children are warned, when they find themselvesback in the land they once ruled, 1,300 years on. …


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