Monday, January 10, 2011

The Dukes See a Movie: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Having seen the movie twice and also being the only duke to have recently read the book I was given the task of reviewing this movie. In the third installment of the Chronicles of Narnia we see the return of the two youngest Pevensie children to Narnia. The movie starts with Edmund and Lucy living with their Aunt and Uncle in wartime England. They desperately want out and their incredibly annoying cousin Eustace (skillfully portrayed by Will Poulter-Son of Rambow ) does nothing to lessen these feelings.

One day while arguing a painting comes to life and engulfs the three of them in water. When they break the surface of the water the find themselves in Narnia and are quickly rescued by a passing ship. On the ship we are reintroduced to several characters from the second film, namely Prince Caspian and Reepicheep (voiced by Simon Pegg) the warrior mouse. The children discover that Caspian is on a quest to find his father’s old advisors, a group of seven lords.

While on their search they discover that for years people were being given as sacrifices to a strange green mist. The quest then changes from a quest to find the seven lords to one of finding a way to stop and destroy the misty stuff by gathering the seven Lord’s swords and putting them on Aslan’s table. The mist it turns out is evil, not only that but it is an evil that feeds on your feelings and can haunt you with your deepest fears and darkest desires. For Danny it would be to have people discover that he isn’t a natural red-head and he does in fact have a soul.

So Lucy has to face her desire to be just like her older sister Susan. Edmund in tormented by images of the White Witch and the idea that he has always been in another man’s shadow, whether it be his older brother or his friend Caspian. While the others are struggling internally Eustace manages to turn himself into a dragon through greed. This may just be me, but being turned into a dragon would be super sweet. I don’t know why it bothered the kid so much.

So to make a long story short they manage to recover the swords and put them on the table and safe the people. Woo. In the process the siblings learn that they were brought to Narnia this time not to help the Narnians in their struggles, but rather to learn more about themselves. Eustace stops being a douche having realized the error of his rather douchelike ways.

In the end a select few of them (the only ones mentioned by name in this post) make it to Aslan’s country and have a touching scene rife with religious context. Lucy is told she will never return to Narnia and she asks Aslan if she will ever see him again. He tells her that he resides in our world as well but with a different name. It was at this point that I leaned over and said “and that name is Jesus”.

All in all I liked the movie and think they did a good job in keeping true to the original text while managing to keep me entertained and fairly focused for 113 minutes.

3 ½ stars


  1. It would be stunning if LOTR did not win your poll...

  2. If it doesn't I am blaming Ricky and his Twilight loving ways.