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All audience reviews of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • A visual extravaganza

    Manu Agrawal (50 DM Points)

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    3.5
    Desimartini | Updated - December 04, 2010 17:24 PM IST
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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderWatch trailerRelease date : December 03, 2010



    The Narnia franchise have the potential to be as popular as Pottermania, only if the competition was not so brutal. Harry's gang had concurrent novel releases happening simultaneously too, which helped keep the story fresh. Narnia was written 60 years back, and is rarely available at bookstores. Thus, it couldnt create a die hard junkie fan following, which would actually line up well in advance for movie tickets.

    The third instalment does away with the two elder siblings: Peter is preparing for his exams, while Susan is travelling across the world with their parents. Lucy and Edmund stay with their cousin Eustace, a grumpy little lad who believes that all such talk about Narnia and an alternate world is humbug. These three get drawn into a painting hanging in Eustace's home, and land near the Dawn treader, a sea vessel being used by Prince Caspian. The Prince has established peace in the country, and is currently under an oath to discover the seven lost lords of Narnia. Together with Reepicheep, a valant little talking mouse and the three kids, the crew of the Dawn Treader visits mysterious islands and confronts dangerous mythical enemies while they try to find the lords, and reach Aslan and his unseen country.

    The story does seem to be too complex for comfort to the unitiated, but it pans out wonderfully well when viewed on the larger screen. The special effects and graphics are expectably good (cannot comment on the 3D, having watched it in the traditional 2D format). The film is also centred around a single goal, and does not digress much, as the context has already been set in the first 2 instalments. Primarily it serves as a platform to introduce Eustace, a new character who converts from being a brat and bully to a much better person. He is going to acquire increasing prominence in the next 2 instalments, when he becomes the main protagonist.

    Watching the special sequences, like the fight with the beast near the climax and Eustace's transformation into a dragon is delightful. The movie does not have as many grey shades as HP7 (the most recent release in the same genre). This one is for a much younger audience, who will relish the antics of the talking mouse, and might be in awe of the minotaur. Action sequences have zero bloodshed, and the lessons learnt are sweet and simple.

    The most entertaining release this weekend, irrespective of whether you have watched the previous two. Best enjoyed with a kid or two in tow :-) !

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