The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, taking the cake as the longest running title in theaters now, is also leading in the box office numbers due to it’s familiar family centered material and the fact that it’s showing in 3D, but projections probably won’t last as The Fighter, Black Swan, and Tron Legacy go nationwide.
The Dawn Treader chronicles the third installment of the C.S. Lewis inspired story of Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmond (Skandar Keynes) Pevensie’s final adventure in one of the most imaginative worlds ever created in classic literature. This adventure, however, they’re not alone as Eustace Scrubb (William Poulter) their logically driven and disbelieving cousin is dragged into their mystical kingdom through a painting which comes to life. The adventures and lessons the trio learn along the way are rich and exciting. Caspian (Ben Barnes) and Reepicheep (Simon Pegg) join in on the journey as the crew of the Dawn Treader search for the missing lords and a mystical green mist that is causing people to go missing. Each situation is true to the original story and will be refreshing to fans who were disappointed with Prince Caspian. This film gets it right.
While the narrative is obviously rich, it’s one of the best stories in the series, the pacing of the movie has a hard time pulling off visually what C.S. Lewis was able to do with the written word. Each chapter of the story leaves you on the edge of intrigue, pressing you to read on. The movie has a few dry spots, and I’ll admit I dosed off for a few moments. But not a lot can be done in the transition from book to screen when the book contains so many rich details. Only Peter Jackson can pull off a miracle like that and he needs six hours.
For fans of the series, this will bring back all the memories of the first time the story came to life in your imagination. Those who haven’t read the story may not be able to connect with the richness and depth.
The visuals are stunning and eye popping. Apart from a few shots where the set up looked like a made for TV movie this film definitely exceeds the visual efforts of the previous two installments. I saw it 3D and I can assure everyone that ‘s not worth the extra few dollars. The best qualities of this film are in the characters and the thrills of the story.
While using the original cast with Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes as the leads, it was really William Poulter who stole the screen as the annoying yet endearing Eustace. Poulter hits every note right and really proves his depth as a young actor. His freshman role in Son of Rambow caught the world’s eye and honestly, there was no other choice for this movie. Keep your eye on Poulter and you’ll be able to see a relative nobody rise from nothing to the highest ranks or Hollywood.
I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t recommended it for people who aren’t already fans of the story.
This film is in theaters now.