13 dic. 2010

My Review: The Chronicles of Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (6/10)

¨You have returned for a reason. Your adventure begins now. ¨

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series which is based on C.S. Lewis`s best selling children adventure books. Due to the fact that the second film, Prince Caspian, didn`t do as well in the box office there was a change in the direction and production of the movie, but the cast is still the same. Michael Apted (The World is not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist) directed this sequel which stays pretty faithful to the book and is similar to the previous Narnia movies. The first movie is by far the most popular of the franchise (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) so it comes as no surprise that this third part isn`t as good nor fun as that one. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader still is an entertaining movie, but it has lost some of the magic along the way. Fans of the series probably won`t be disappointed by this movie, but those who haven`t seen (or enjoyed for that matter) the other two films will probably not enjoy this movie as much since it follows a similar formula. The movie relies heavily on the special effects and for that reason the characters haven`t been developed as well as they are in the books. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a fun and entertaining movie, but I enjoyed the book a lot more.

The movie takes place one year after the adventure that the four Pevensie children had with Prince Caspian. Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are staying with their aunt and annoying cousin, Eustace (Will Poulter from Son of Rambow fame), while England is still at War. Peter and Susan are in America and they have short cameos since they have already been told that they won`t be able to return to Narnia. Lucy and Edmond begin to argue with Eustace over a painting of a Narnian ship sailing in an open ocean when all of a sudden water begins to come out of the paining and flood the room. The next thing they know they are swimming in the ocean and being rescued by Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) and his fleet in Narnia. Together the three kids, Caspian who is now the King, Reepicheep (the brave mouse voiced by Simon Pegg), and the rest of the crew have to search several islands for the seven lost lords of Narnia. The adventure begins aboard the Dawn Treader.

Liam Neeson is back again as the voice of Aslan, the lion and creator of Narnia. Aslan represents Jesus Christ in this sort of parallel universe that C.S. Lewis created since he was a known Christian theologian. Several things throughout the movie have a biblical significance and serve as Christian parables. The movie also mixes several Roman and Greek mythological creatures from the book as well which add a little more magic to Narnia. The main characters of the film however are Lucy and Edmund, but I think that Henley`s performance as Lucy is what has carried these movies so far. She is very likeable on screen and is the best character. Poulter gave a good performance as Eustace and will have to carry the series from now on if they decide to go on with the fourth film (The Silver Chair) since Lucy and Edmund aren`t allowed to return to Narnia. I remember reading all seven books of The Chronicles of Narnia, and my favorite one was The Horse and His Boy although it has nothing to do with these characters so I´m not sure if the producers are thinking of continuing with the franchise. I really enjoyed the books so I was a little disappointed with these movies as I was hoping they would have a production like the Harry Potter films had. It is still a fun and entertaining ride nevertheless, but not as good as the first film. What it lacks in character development, it makes up for with the special effects.

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