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Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 11:42

Voyage of the Dawn TreaderThe Voyage of the Dawn Treader manages to carry on in the same vein and style as the previous Chronicles of Narnia films. Even in the face of a complete change of studio, director and producers, this third film of the series has miraculously kept the same cast and the series’ adoring fans will never know the difference.

I’m of mixed reaction to the series. My collection of C.S. Lewis’s books have been read and reread from the time I was about nine years old, so you can imagine the excitement I felt hearing that they would be made into big budget films! Now, three films into the series I can’t help but feel a little disappointment that they don’t pack more of an emotional punch for me. Technically they are beautiful, exciting films full of magic and wonder that I enjoy taking in. Under the surface, there is just something missing – some connection or attachment to the characters that I just can’t put my finger on.

Magical creaturesThis third film follows two of the Pevensie children, Lucy and Edmund, back to Narnia along with their horrible cousin Eustace Scrubb. Eustace (Will Poulter) doesn’t believe in Narnia even when he is smack in the middle of it faced with talking animals, strange creatures and magical enchantments. Lucy and Edmund (Georgie Henley and Skander Keynes) are just happy to escape back into a world where they are respected and able to fight alongside heroes. Aboard the Dawn Treader with their old friend King Caspian, they go on a quest to reunite seven magical swords and banish evil from the land once again.

The cast of The Dawn TreaderThis is a beautiful looking film with rich colors and fluid special effects. The cast is competent and, as with the Harry Potter series it is nice to see the same children growing up on screen. But unlike the Harry Potter movies, I just don’t feel that emotional connection that is so compelling in the other series. All the same, I look forward to seeing where the series goes and would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a family outing at the movies.


Directed by Michael Apted, Starring Georgie Henley, Will Poulter

Tilda Swinton reprises her pitch-perfect role as The White Witch.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is also the third book of the series and was originally published in 1952.