Thursday, December 14

Just Another Voyage (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader Review)

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In this third movie of the Narnia series based on the book series by C.S. Lewis, Lucy and Edmund are once again mysteriously summoned into the world of Narnia, but this time, their grumpy cousin Eustace is also mysteriously brought to Narnia along with them. At Narnia, they are joined by Prince Caspian, Reepicheep and the crew of the ship the Dawn Treader as they travel by sea in order to solve the mystery of the sinister fog/mist that terrorizes the seas of Narnia.

While the first and second Narnia movies pretty much had a very war epic element; this new one is more of just plain adventure. The closest comparison to it may be the old (60s and 70s) Sinbad movies. If you are expecting this to catch up to how good the first two movies were; you may end up horribly dissatisfied. Perhaps if you were not in the mood, you could sense some degree of blandness in this movie. This felt like just another chapter to the Narnia series; a bridge episode, which one may choose to skip or ignore. On the other hand, many of my friends who actually read the book did confess that this was the more duller Narnia books, and it seems that nothing really great happens.

At first, I thought the movie was just too simple, but I later realized that it lacked some details in the storyline aspect which could have spiced up the movie. The story just lazily jumps to the adventure with not much of a dramatic and character build-up. At least it sticks true to its intention as a children’s adventure movie. It looks like it tries to inject in some wisdom and deeper themes, especially in scenes where Aslan is present, but I felt that these were not executed well enough to prove a point, and failed to be meaningful. I most certainly did not even get what the big deal is behind “Aslan’s country”.

The two main characters Edmund and Lucy are all grown up now, and are most certainly making way for the new character, Eustace. This new main character is very unique because, for a main character, he doesn’t look like the typical angel-face child actor. And for a kid, he certainly effectively acts like a grumpy old man, which is appropriately what the story requires him to act. His rants and complaints are amusing, and he does become a character that is fun to watch.

Reepicheep, who was, in many ways, too little for the second movie, had a chance to shine in this movie. Despite the fact that he is a rodent, he is pretty much the bad-ass of the film. It was amusing that Lucy’s character was supposed to be almost obsessively craving to be as beautiful as her sister Susan. But the actress who plays Lucy obviously looks more beautiful. I felt that the scene looked like a Drew Barrymore wanting to look like Alanis Morrisette.

The 3D of the film was good enough to be satisfactory, but never impressive. The special effects were also satisfactory as well. Everything that you see in this movie is not as surprising as one would want it to be. As far as visuals would go, I’m sure female audiences would be ecstatic enough to see Prince Caspian. My female companion was herself having convulsions at every moment Caspian was onscreen.

I guess it’s okay if you were to watch this with your children; this is good for being childishly fun and colorful. It’s good enough to satisfy some craving for the fantasy of dragons and sea serpents. My expectations were actually too low, that’s why it did not piss me off. All in all, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a simple adventure movie. It’s not exactly awful; it’s just not impressive.

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