Movie Review — The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

by Ryan on December 12, 2010

in Anything Else,Culture,Pop Culture,Religion

This latest installment of the Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, continues the Pevensie story, focusing on the two youngest, Edmund and Lucy with their annoying cousin Eustace, aiding young King Caspian on a voyage to distant islands near the edge of Narnia.

Like all of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia stories, Dawn Treader offers plenty of allegory and teachable moments.  It actually makes this a great children’s film for the Christmas season.  This story is more introspective, using the isolation of the vast ocean and the challenges of each remote island to allow the characters to develop.  Some people, however, need to hyperventilate over respecting the Christian overtones, but for those looking for entertainment with a moral, it’s fine (who cares what Liam Neeson thinks — he’s Aslan’s voice, not Aslan himself!).

However, I tend to think that this will be the last Narnia film.  It’s the weakest of the three Narnia movies, episodic and sometimes rushed, less epic, and might seem a little stretched to the uninitiated.  I give it a B- or so.  It’s good, but missing something in its delivery.

Quick SPOILER below…

I smiled at the end when Eustace’s mom shouts through the floor that a “Jill Pole” stopped by!  I really like The Silver Chair, but I don’t think the public will generate enough enthusiasm to have it hit theaters.  Had the Narnia movies came out a year apart, then absolutely —  more interest, more continuity with the story, the characters and the fan base.  Otherwise, straight to DVD if it’s made at all.

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