Just in time for the holidays, the third chapter in the highly successful Narnia series sails onto big screens with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley reprise their roles as Edmund and Lucy Pevensie. The film opens in England during World War II and focuses the young siblings are waiting out the war with relatives, while their older siblings are across the Atlantic in America. Constantly berated and harassed by their cousin Eustace, played with convincing brattiness by Will Poulter, Lucy and Edmund long for their time in Narnia. It is during a moment of wistful reminiscing of their adventures, while gazing at a painting that reminds them of Narnia, that Lucy, Edmund, along with Eustace, are whisked away back to the magical land. Upon arriving in the oceans of Narnia, the trio are rescued by King Caspian who is delighted to see his friends. King Caspian is on a quest to locate the seven lost Lords of Narnia, who had been banished by his evil uncle prior to the events of the last film.
What follows is an epic journey as Lucy, Edmund, Caspian and his crew must travel to the end of the world and battle all manner of strange and bizarre creatures as well as confront their inner demons. The ever annoying Eustace finds himself an unwilling foil locked in a battle of wits with all manner of mysterious creatures, notably the talking mouse, Reepicheep.
The film cleverly mixes humor and action in a winning formula that has something to offer viewers of all ages. Younger viewers are likely to enjoy the fantasy elements of the film, while older viewers are sure to enjoy the action, humor and dramatic subplots of the film.
Visual effects in the movie are very good but I must take exception with Fox’s decision to convert the film into 3-D during postproduction. This has been an issue that I have long since spoken out against and, in the case of Narnia, the 3-D effects in the film do not stand out and add very little to the enjoyment of the film. I would have thought that a studio that set box office records with the spectacular visuals of Avatar would know better than to lessen the experience by doing a postproduction conversion. Sadly this has become all too standard in the industry and in my opinion greatly undermines the enormous potential of the new 3-D technology.
Walt Disney passed on the opportunity to make this film after having significant success with the first two film. They believed that the high cost of the production was becoming too much of a liability, but 20th Century Fox was eager to take up the mantle with the potential of box office gold on the horizon. While it does not have as much charm as the earlier films in the series, the film certainly has more than its share of funny moments and action that will keep viewers entertained. The cast is strong and although his performance is limited to just a few scenes, Liam Neeson lifts the film again as the voice of Aslan. In the end this is a solid and entertaining family film that shows the series still has plenty of life left in it.
It has been many years since I’ve read the first “Narnia” book; and I honestly cannot say whether I’ve read the second or third books since then. Well, quite honestly, I never became such a big fan of the books or the film. I thought they were decent films with gorgeous set designs and CGI effects that bring the fantasy world to life. This third installment “Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” does try to re-vitalize the franchise after the much … more
I have never read The Chronicles of Narnia but after watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I considered myself a fan all the same, for I was enchanted by the world of Narnia. Though Prince Caspian, the second installment in the film franchise, was no where near as captivating as the first, it did not dampen my enthusiasm for the stories of Narnia, and so when I sat down in the theatre for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with my 3D glasses on and popcorn (already in my mouth), I was anticipating … more
Despite all of the unnecessary additions made to Disney's adaptation of C.S. Lewis' wonderful Prince Caspian, I enjoyed that film quite a bit. I personally believe that the alterations made to some of the characters, specifically Peter, took away from the overall feel of the film. When I learned that Disney had dumped the franchise after Prince Caspian's poor (at least to them) performance, I was actually quite happy. I enjoy many of Disney's … more
So there I was, sitting in my seat at the theater awaiting the start of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third film in the series. As I tore open the plastic bag containing a set of 3D glasses, I came to a worrying realization: Although I remembered greatly enjoying the previous “Narnia” film, “Prince Caspian,” I had by now forgotten just about everything concerning the plot and the characters. Would that mean I would be lost watching … more
I should get my biases out of the way: I am a big 'Narnia' fan, both of the books, and, so far, of the movies. The best measuring stick that the latter is up to par as a medium is to determine whether or not the celluloid versions provide a fluid and engaging adventure, and, if the movie offering retains a good measure of charm the books elicit. Now for 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,' there seemed to be plenty of both. 'Prince … more
The third film in The Chronicles of Narnia is a departure from its previous installments. The series has a new director and a new studio. This means that there is a distinct shift in focus from action and visual effects to adventure and characterization. Despite numerous deviations from C.S. Lewis' novel, I really enjoyed the third Narnia film and found this to be a great improvement over 2008's Prince Caspian. The director and screenwriters have wisely chosen to abridge the novel and modify … more
I am a syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. My work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site "Skewed … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is an upcoming 3D fantasy-adventure film based on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third published novel in C.S. Lewis's epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. It is third in The Chronicles of Narnia film series from Walden Media. It will be distributed by 20th Century Fox, the first in the series not to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and the first to be released in 3D.
The two younger Pevensies, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley), are staying with their cousin Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter). They find themselves drawn into a painting of an old ship, where they join the new King of Narnia, King Caspian (Ben Barnes).
The film will premiere on November 30, 2010 in Digital 3D at the Royal Film Performance and will have its wide theatrical release in traditional 2D, RealD 3D and Digital 3D in the United States on December 10, 2010.