This week in theaters the third film in the series the Narnia series, Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hits theaters in 3D just to give the experience a little bit more of a kick. The film was beautifully shot and once again takes us into a word where our wildest imaginations come true. Sadly, it’s still lacking a bit of much needed magic. Find out more below…
- Director: Michael Apted
- Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni, & (novel by) C.S. Lewis
- Actors: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter, Ben Barnes, Liam Neeson, Simon Pegg
- Original Music by: David Arnold
- Cinematography by: Danta Spinotti
In the film, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace Scrubb are once again pulled into the world of Narnia and this time its through a painting. They go on a mysterious mission with Prince Caspian that takes them to the Lone Islands where they encounter Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk all while aboard the Dawn Treader.
- The Story: Everything about this film is very neat and tidy, including the story. Everything whipped right along and really embraced the loving and slightly dangerous tone of the Narnia books. The characters are endearing and all have an interesting back-story (which can be understood without seeing the previous films).
- The Special Effects: Across the board they had some really great SFX. The prior films were ridiculed for not necessarily being able to compete with the Potter series and I have to say that though this film is not quite as grand the special effects were on par with Potter.
- The Message: There are a lot of great messages for the youngin’s watching the film. From beauty coming from within to fighting ones demons in order to become a better person, there is a lot in this film for parents to feel good about bringing their little ones to.
- Overall Lack of Magic: For a film primarily based on magic and sorcery, there was very little that was magical about the film as a whole. Everything fit together quite nicely, the characters were nice, everything was just fine, but nothing was extraordinary, there was no awe-factor which is something you really need in a film like this.
- Too Much: Although I enjoyed the messages they were sending out to kids they were driving them home rather hard. I like to think that kids even more than adults can pick up on characters motivation and not need them spelled out for them all the time. It also makes it a bit less fun for the adults as well, but you can’t really blame a film that’s aimed at kids for trying to drive important messages home.
This is a great film for kids and it teaches them about morals and does a good job of representing the book — not great. It’s enjoyable for all and if Harry Potter has become too dark and adult for you than this is a great pick.
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters December 10, 2010!
Will you go to see the film?