Just when I thought we’d seen the longest blog post title of all time, here it comes: MOVIE NEWS: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader! Seriously, don’t be a hero and try to say that all in one breath, please — you’ll run the risk of passing out!
Anyway, all that said, the much-anticipated third movie in the Chronicles of Narnia series comes out today. I had a chance to see it at a preview screening earlier this month, and I’m here to share some thoughts.
The movie follows Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their peevish younger cousin, Eustace, as they travel back to Narnia for another adventure. Everything seems calm as the Pevensies reunite with King Caspian aboard his royal vessel, the Dawn Treader, but, as we know from past movies in this series, appearances in Narnia can be very deceiving.
There’s a mysterious evil lurking in the far reaches of Narnia, and our heroes need to 1) find it, and 2) stop it. And the only way to do that is to bring together seven magical swords. (Oh yeah — they need to find those, too!)
Here are three observations about the movie:
1) It’s magical. As in, movie magical. The acting is great (see below), but the computer graphics are the real stars here. We get everything from snow in a library, to one-legged monsters, to impossibly long sea creatures crushing pirate ships — and it all looks great.
2) It’s well-acted. You know those characters in movies that you love to hate? They bug you, but they do it so well that you have to respect them for it? Well, Eustace (say: “YOU-stiss”) is one of those. And that’s all thanks to Will Poulter, the young actor who plays him.
3) It’s meandering. The quest takes centre stage in this flick, but it’s often a little unclear what our heroes are looking for. First, it’s seven missing lords. Then the mysterious source of evil mentioned above. Then the swords. Then a star to lead them to the Dark Island. All the while they’re docking on seemingly random islands and falling backwards into clues to the next step on their path. Fun? Strange? You be the judge!
Overall, I thought this movie was okay. Fans of the series will be happy to see Edmund, Lucy, and King Caspian back in action, but newcomers might be a little less enthused. Also, serious fans of the book series might be a little put off by some of the changes to the story.
For movie fans who’ve never seen any of this series, I highly suggest looking up The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe — which is totally awesome. (Trust me.)
And that’s it from me. What do you think, OWL readers? If you plan to see this one, skip it, or save it for a DVD rental, let me know in the comments below. Also let me know if you’ve read the books. Inquiring minds want to know!
Talk to you next week.