Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Director: Michael Apted

Starring: Ben Barnes, Liam Neeson, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley

Year: 2010

Genre: Family

Rated: PG

Length: 113 min.

IMDB Summary: Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader.

Let's be honest--after the Prince Caspian fiasco, I was pleasantly surprised by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which is the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series. Despite some clear departures from C.S. Lewis' book, I thought this film captured more skillfully the adventurous spirit of the books and the maturation of the characters, especially of Lucy and Edmund. Will Poulter, the actor portraying Eustace, is a noteworthy talent in the film, filling the screen with the whining and snobbery of his character. The acting of Ben Barnes seems to have matured since the last movie (perhaps the cause is Apted's direction, the absence of Susan as an integral character, or both). Although the movie is a bit disjointed, sweeping readers from one adventure to the next, I enjoyed the lively, theatrical aspect of Dawn Treader and would gladly watch it again.

For Parents:
Some frightening images and fantasy action

My Rating:
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