I was greatly pleased to be given the chance to review the Official Illustrated Movie Companion to The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The book is chock full of amazing photos and rich detail that provides wonderful insight into the mind and actions of the film’s creators.
To top it off the writing is easy to follow, but shows a real love and knowledge of the property. Which is what you’d expect from, Ernie Malik, the unit publicist for both Narnia films, but it doesn’t come off as publicity laden text. It’s authentic and heart felt.
I would say the one thing I thought was missing from the companion book was a bit more concept art. But that may arise from the fact that this is a sequel film and that much of the film was done using a concept called ‘pre-visualization’.
My favorite part of the book was the re-introduction to the four main stars from the first film and the introduction to this films new stars, including Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian. We lose two of the stars after Prince Caspian and you really feel the goodbyes.
Readers will also find out how the screenplay adaptors and storyboard artists brought C.S. Lewis’s story to graphic life, how director Andrew Adamson’s screenplay differs from Lewis’s original story, and secrets of costuming and makeup.
Will “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” become a classic for the ages? That remains to be seen, but it’s official illustrated companion book certainly is.
The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian
The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
By Ernie Malik
Published by Harper One, 212 pages
Read a special excerpt from the book below the cut: