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Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

Release Date:
Friday, December 10, 2010

MPAA Rating:
PG

Rating Reason:
Some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.

Genre:
Fantasy

Starring:
Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter

Written By:
Michael Petroni, Richard LaGravanese

Director:
Michael Apted

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Synopsis:
In the enchanted land of Narnia, Edmund and Lucy join King Caspian on a sworn mission to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia. So begins a perilous new quest that takes them to the farthest edge of the Eastern world on board the mighty Dawn Treader. Sailing uncharted seas, the old friends must survive a terrible storm, encounters with sea serpents, dragons and invisible enemies to reach lands where magicians weave mysterious spells and nightmares come true. They need every ounce of courage and the help of the great lion Aslan to triumph in their most hazardous adventure of all.

Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) | Review

God's Plan
Cara B. Krumwiede

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I have found The Voyage of the Dawn Treader to be the best Narnia film thus far. The screenwriters and Director Michael Apted took C.S. Lewis' theme of overcoming temptation to a new level by using the new element of the evil green mist. It is a representation of a great evil that seeks to destroy all the light and preys on our heroes' darkest desires. Each character has a deep failing they must face while on their journey aboard the ship, Edmund with a desire for power, Eustace with greed, Lucy with low esteem, and King Caspian with self-doubts. Before the children return home they must conquer it.

Of the children Eustace undergoes the greatest test of all (in order to prepare for his return). His greed turns him into a dragon. The transformation humbles him, and he is able to find his destiny as a hero. Once he fulfills his duties as a noble hero, Aslan appears to him and transforms him back into a boy, which represents a kind of baptism. He reemerges from the water a changed person, more humble and selfless. The children return to Narnia better people and prepared to return to Earth, but none as changed as Eustace.

Author C.S. Lewis explains in the book, "You'd never know [Eustace] for the same boy."

Eustace needed the transformation for his return to Narnia and the mission he is destined to accomplish. However, Edmund and Lucy must learn to move forward with their lives, because they will never return to Narnia. Aslan then reveals himself as Earth's Christ and tells Lucy that he let her know him in Narnia so that she could know him better on Earth. Thus, she and Edmund were prepared to return home.

Aslan's Country represents Narnia's Heaven, a place of no return. Caspian, the three children, and Reepicheep are all given the chance to enter. Reepicheep complies, but the others recognize their destinies are elsewhere. Those who follow Christ must be savvy to the tests in life and recognize God's plan.

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