Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

As World War II rages on in Europe, Peter and Susan have left for America with their parents. Lucy and Edmond are left in the care of their aunt in London. Cousin Eustice has become quite the irritating brat. While the three are in an upstairs room of the house, Lucy notices an interesting painting on the wall. The water is moving, and there's a ship on the horizon. As she looks closer, the ship is getting bigger, and suddenly the three realize water is pouring out of the painting. Before long, they're head deep in it, and being plucked on board the ship. A Narnian ship, on a royal mission led by Prince Caspian. The ship is the Dawn Treader.

Fans of the book series no doubt already know much of what happens, and fortunately I hadn't been bugged by anyone who has read the books recently. So I was able to go into this movie with a fresh perspective. Thankfully the meat of the story begins quickly with the arrival of the three on the ship. Many familiar faces are present, along with a few new ones as well. Their journey is somewhat cliche, but along the way there are plenty of good plot twists and surprises to keep people happy.

Set details were spectacular and featured a wide variety of locations, and as I understand it, they built the ship itself for real so most of the scenes taking place there were on board a real vessel. Special effects later on were very well done, and nothing was over the top. The main story is well presented and has no obvious issues to deal with. Characters are believable and nobody goes out of their way to shove their viewpoints down your throat. A welcome reprieve from most of Hollywood's antics these days.

All in all, this is definitely worth taking the family to see.

On the Horizon

Read the next movie review - it would have gone in this slot :)
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Dec 31, 2010 1:13 am by Samson in: | 3 comment(s) [Closed]
I have read the book series more than once, as have my wife and eldest kids, but this is one of the movies that our family considers a must-see even if we can't afford to catch it in the theater directly. It is good to hear that, judging from your review, they've continued the unusually higher standards for this series than Hollywood has become accustomed to delivering of late.

Two reviews on the same day? That's a bit unusual in itself, no? Slow day at the lizard den or did you win the lotto? ;)

Neither. I saw them both on release day but I just couldn't think of anything to say until last night. Gotta go with it when it happens. Plus the Skyrim announcement got the ball rolling on Faregyl again and it's way too easy to distract oneself with the CS :P

Understood. At least you did get them posted, and in the meantime you've gotten progress in on Faregyl, which is not a bad thing either. :)

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