Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton

Movie Homepage URL: http://www.narnia.com/

MPAA Rating: PG

 

A treat for all the fans of CS Lewis’s seven books on Narnia and its tales, the Voyage of the Dawn Treader is certainly nothing less than a treat. This is Lewis’s best book and also difficult to film because of the many intricate details. However, director Michael Apted has done a stupendous job of capturing the essence of this awe inspiring tale and filmed it to perfection. The book left all fans wanting more; and the movie has done the same, if not more.

Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader finds the two younger Pevensie kids, Edmund (played by Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (played by Georgie Henley) staying in London and wishing they could visit the wonderland of their beloved Narnia once again. Their wish is granted when a mysterious painting sucks them in and throws them in the Narnian ocean. However, their annoyingly reluctant cousin Eustace (played by Will Poulter) gets thrown along with them. Their old friend Price Caspian (played by Ben Barnes) picks them up and sails with them to fight the evil that has endangered Narnia once again. They must find the swords of seven lords and return them.

The journey is wonderfully filmed, giving a brief though thorough glimpse of the beautiful world created by Lewis. The many islands on the way are each special in its own way and the movie has managed to bring this out beautifully. Each destination teaches the voyagers a lesson they must remember, keeping everyone gripped; including the audience. This movie has a deep message in it and the evil the Pevensie children face is not a white witch but their own shortcomings. They must come face to face with their insecurities and fears in order to grow as people and Narnians before they can save anyone. A beautiful tale of growing up and becoming more responsible, the movie touches a gentle chord and does so beautifully.

Along the journey, the mighty courageous mouse Reepicheep and Eustace form a strong bond. The character of Eustace starts out in the movie as an unwilling voyager but transforms in to a courageous warrior by the end. Poulter has played the part of Eustace to perfection and brought humour and British snootiness to the movie. Both the characters of Edmund and young Lucy know their part very well and play a convincing role that deserves great merits. The character of Reepicheep, the heroic mouse shines through the movie as he inspires and touches hearts.

The third movie in the Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader holds you to your seat and leaves you mesmerized by the end. Even for those who haven’t read the Lewis books or seen the prequels, this movie is astoundingly gripping. There isn’t too much of Aslan – The beloved Lion King of Narnia we all fell in love with the first movie. In fact, that’s the only short-coming of the movie because the script has followed the book to perfection and the entire cast has done a very competent job. The work of Michael Apted has been appreciated because he has managed to not miss out anything important in the movie – a feat that’s usually never accomplished in book- turn- movies. The movie is a must watch and a great work of fantasy.

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