Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with King Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with King Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. less
“This installment of the famous CS Lewis series is enjoyable, whether or not you've been introduced to the magical world of Narnia in the past.”
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Kids flicks invariably have a few basic essentials. Lots of CGI, a nice evil vs good storyline, and preferably a book series to fall back on and make it into a franchisee. The Chronicles of Narnia has a bit of everything, and yet a lot is missing.
The third edition in the series, The Voyage Of The Dawn Trader, is perhaps the most simplistic and boring film in the franchisee. Half of the original four kids get back to Narnia, where Caspian ( the last editions star) is out to find the seven swords that would rid Narnia of an evil force, at the same time help the kids defeat the evil within.
The film is shoddily edited, and directed. The scences abruptly transition, the stories seem incoherent. The swords, the focus of the film in totality, get found too easily. CGI is good, with dragons and sea serpents making things wonderful, but the graphics ring hollow in the absence of a solid storyline.
The biggest fault with the film, is the total lack of an identifiable villain. For kids, telling them a story of morals requires a larger than life villain, something like the evil Ice Witch from the films first edition. But this part has none at all. And that takes away a lot from the narrative.
Without Aslan or the whole range of creatures that populated the first two parts, the responsibility of acting rests on the kids, who now are teens. Lucy is impressive, but the rest of the cast sleepwalks through their roles, making the film less of an adventure in comparison to the others in the series.
Given that the film comes close on the heels of Harry Potters release this year, the timing couldnt have been worse, for the film just cant live up to the dark and edgy feel the HP series has. It is nave to imagine kids today would want only a simple all is well with the world story, nor is it actually good for them. Narnia Franchisee borders on delusional utopia, and sans the fun of men with feet of goat and magical wardrobes and talking lions, the film just isnt worth a watch.
The only good things in the voyage, were the delightfull talking rat, and the sulking cousin who excels in his role. Sadly, the rat is given a farewell at the end, reducing an already scanty number of creatures in the story.
This one is strictly for fans of the books. The next one, might just be given a miss by them too!!