Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

To start out bluntly, this was not my favorite film in the series, but it was overall an enjoyable experience.
The third film in The Chronicles of Narnia franchise follows Lucy, Edmund, and their annoying cousin Eustice back into the world of Narnia where they meet up with Prince Caspian and set out to find seven magical swords that have the power to dispel a rising darkness.
The first thing that caught my attention in this film was the change of hands from Disney over to 20th Century Fox. This worried me. It seems that Disney, despite having the ability to make several hundred Air Bud films and spinoffs, decided to pass off the sequels to another company for budget reasons. But the film did not lose any quality or sense of Narnia-ness with the transfer.
Continuing forward, the special effects in the film were gorgeous and there are some pretty visually stunning scenes. No expense was spared in the effects department. The acting was well done by both veterans and novices. The music, while not as captivating as the first film's, was good. So, not a bad film...but...
There were a couple of things that I disliked about the film. The first one being the flow of the film. This may sound like an oxymoron, but the movie moved pretty slow for the most part because of how fast things were happening. It seemed that the characters would sail from one place to the next, staying for a very brief time, and without any real good purpose for stopping. Very little seemed to happen at each place and because of the lack of adventure, it just seemed to drag on. I think the film would have been a lot more interesting if the characters did more at each place and if we got to spend a little more time exploring the character's weaknesses along the way. Slow down, let us get to know more about what's going on.

**Spoiler Alert**
Second dislike: The moment where the characters have made it to the dark island and Edmund conjures up the evil creature from his mind. I expected to see the Stay Puft marshmallow man instead of the eel-like creature since the scene was almost played exactly from Ghostbusters. The idea could have been pulled off fine, it was just the way they scripted it: One guy is warning everyone to clear their minds of fears and then Edmund apologizes for conjuring up the evil demon. It almost would have been cooler to see Mr. Stay Puft make an entrance...
**End Spoiler Alert**

So, while not the best in the series, it was still a worth-while film to watch and a good time for everyone who sees it.

P.S. - The image in this post is copyrighted by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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