Monday, December 13, 2010
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Yesterday, my sister and I went to go see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader at our local theater. I had seen the reviews and knew it wasn't going to be completely accurate to the book. I have been a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia since I was around six/seven when my dad read the series to my sister and I. The series ended up sparking in me an obsession with fantasy stories which I still love to this day.
Anyway, when the film started the audience was taken to WWII England where Edmund Pevensie and his sister Lucy Pevensie are forced to stay with their Aunt, Uncle and Cousin Eustace who are all pains. The adventure begins when Lucy notices a picture in an upstairs room is moving and she, along with Edmund and Eustace, are pulled into Narnia. They end up being pulled aboard the Dawn Treader, a Narnian ship, lead by non other than Prince Caspian himself, who came into the story during the last movie. The Dawn Treader, Caspian tells them, is sailing off into uncharted waters to find seven lost lords whom Caspian's uncle at chased off after the death of Caspian's father. What follows is a sea adventure filled with strange islands, dangerous monsters, and an evil that is steadily growing and can only be destroyed at its heart. The characters, I was glad to see, each went through a change and learned something, most especially their cousin Eustace. The story, while wandering off from the book's original storyline, was well done and quite chilling, especially with the green mist. Even though there wasn't any large scale battles like in the last film, the fighting that does happen is intense and exciting(especially because Lucy fights!) Another thing I enjoyed as the relationship that built between Edmund and Caspian and when Caspian told Edmund he saw him like a brother I couldn't help but smile since. Brother-like relationships have always been a favorite of mine and this one was handled well.
The actors, especially Skandar Keynes who plays Edmund, Georgie Henley who plays Lucy, Ben Barnes who is Caspian, and Will Poulter as Eustace. Everyone, even the ones that I've seen in older films surprised me in their acting abilities and you can see that Edmund and Lucy they've grown from the two bickering kids who hid in the wardrobe. So if you've enjoyed the books, fantasy, or just want to see a good, well-acted film, then go see Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters today!
Cannot wait until the next installment!