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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Michael Apted's 2010 fantasy film and the second sequel in the Narnia film series.

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • Mar 16, 2011
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I had heard both good and bad things about Voyage of the Dawn Treader prior to viewing this, and I did take into account the fact that I didn't read this Narnia book either. However, I found Voyage of the Dawn Treader to be an enjoyable seafaring adventure, even if it isn't quite as good as the two other films before it. It features a decent story, decent performances, and wonderful special effects that probably would have made this fun to see in theatres, but definitely in 2D.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader takes place when Edmund and Lucy are staying at the home of their aunt and uncle, as well as their terrible cousin Eustace who hates them for no apparent reason. Edmund also wants to join the army, but he can't because he's too young, even if he was a king and lead armies in another world. He and Lucy and Eustace are fighting when a painting of a ship floods the room and they end up on the titular Dawn Treader, captained by King Caspian (or Prince Caspian in the second film, who is british all of a sudden? what the hell?). Their mission for this movie is to find seven swords on the lone islands to defeat this mysterious green mist that is swallowing people and takes the form of people's darkest most evil desires.

There's also a father and daughter who go on the boat after their wife/mother is swallowed up by the mist. The mist does all sorts of crazy things like forcing people into slave trading and showing Edmund Tilda Swinton's face superimposed on the mist and her telling him that she can make him her king. I have to admit I liked some elements of the plot, like Lucy and Edmund's separate temptations to look like Susan and to have power/do away with Eustace, and Caspian's desire to find his dad in Aslan's country. I also liked the personality transformation of Eustace and his friendship with Reepicheep.

However good the plot threads were, there were a few too many (a la Pirates of the Caribbean 3), although the movie wasn't too hard to follow. The movie also had some serious pacing issues and fired through scenes like a shotgun. The other problem it has was that some of the temptation things were passed through really fast, like Lucy wanting to look like Susan. I guess they wanted to make the movie a bit shorter than Prince Caspian, which clocked in at two and a half hours. All in all, the story is pretty good despite its poor pacing and many plot threads.

The film features some wonderful performances and as much as I liked Peter and Susan in the first two films, I'm kind of glad that they weren't in this film. Well, they were in it, but only briefly. However, why I'm glad is that Edmund and Lucy could get the glory and shift into the roles that Peter and Susan had in the first two films. Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, and Ben Barnes all give wonderful leading performances with the typical great supporting performances, like Liam Neeson as Aslan and Simon Pegg as Reepicheep. However, the one performance I didn't like was Will Poulter as cousin Eustace. I know he was supposed to be an asshole, but the actor just had mush-mouth bland newcomer syndrome. Needless to say, the acting was pretty good.

The special effects were wonderful and would have been a joy to watch in theatres. I cannot attest to the triumphs or failures of the 3D seeing as this is no longer in theatres, but if you know, feel free to tell me in the comments. Anyway, the design of the Dawn Treader itself is simply beautiful and so are the designs of the mansion where the spellbook is hidden and the sea serpent battle at the end. I could even say that they were on Peter Jackson quality level they were so good. All in all, they were fantastic.

If you want to see the last (so far) of the Narnia series and you have seen the first two and liked them, then I would recommend you check this out when it comes to DVD or something. Solid performances, great special effects, and a decent story make for an overall enjoyable adventure. Not the best of the Narnia series, but definitely not the worst. If they make more films, I will definitely check it out

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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.
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Director: Michael Apted
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: December 10, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 115 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox, Walden Media
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