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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

The Third Time is Charming
Justin C. Martin

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It seems that whenever books turn into movies, audiences who have experienced both either hate them or love the adaptations. I loved the books and have claimed on many occasions that their creator, C.S. Lewis, is my favorite author. So, I found the movie to be... wait for it... decent. Apparently I do not fit the trend of those who have both read the books and seen the films. However, I would recommend this movie for sure.

It is the third installment of the Narnia series and is easily better than the one before. In fact, I can't imagine vast amounts of people disagreeing with that point. It picks up with the youngest two Pevensie children, Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), at the house of their cousin Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter). The Scrubb boy lives up to his name by being a conniving, cowardly twerp who gets under his cousins' skin (and the audience's at first). The older Pevensie children are away and growing up. This is the reason they do not enter Narnia from this point forward.

The two Pevensies both feel inadequate compared to their older siblings and miss their time in Narnia. The three children are quickly drawn into the magical world via a painting with a rather "Narnian looking" ship in it. They are taken aboard the ship (the Dawn Treader) and reacquainted with their friends, namely Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) and the mouse Reepicheep (voiced by Simon Pegg). While at first confused as to why their presence was needed, they quickly learn of a mysterious green mist sweeping across the land. The mist is thought to be evil and human sacrifices are made to it, splitting families and loved ones. Thus, the crew of the ship quests to discover and stop the source of this mist.

They stop at several islands, each carrying with it great mystery and adventure. At one time or another they are kidnapped and encounter invisible creatures, a magician, an underground pond that turns everything into gold, a dragon, and a giant sea serpent. They discover that seven lords of old had attempted to stop the mist themselves and that the swords that each of them carry are to be laid upon Aslan's Table in order to restore order and save Narnia from the impending danger of the ever-encroaching mist. Along the way, they are promised that they will face temptations which they must overcome. However, in sometimes subtle ways the lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) guides them.

In the end, all would be well and the children would have to return to their England homes. As is normal with my reviews, further details of the film will necessarily be revealed as we enter the discussion and analysis of the spiritual side of this film.

While not as blatant as the book (sadly), this movie is laced with biblical themes, principles, and ideas. If the first movie of the series (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) told the story of the resurrection, this story tells why the resurrection was ever needed: sin and temptation. This film almost has a slightly darker feel to it. Lucy struggles with coveting (she desires the beauty of her older sister), Edmund wishes he was as respected as his older brother, and even Caspian gets into a fight with Edmund over who is the actual ruler of the land. The White Witch (Tilda Swinton) from the first film is manifested in the mist and reminds Edmund that while she is dead, she will always be alive in memory. To me, this resembled the idea that sometimes the one person who needs to let things go and just forget the past is me. I believe that Satan loves it when his enemies (God's people) fight themselves and tear themselves down because it takes the workload off of him and his army of demons.

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