Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens today

“The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, based on the 1952 novel by C.S. Lewis, is the best film of this latest franchise interpreting the fantasy series — and the first in 3D.

The cinematography is gorgeous and the fusion of CGI (computer generated images) and real characters seamless. Even more outstanding is the script that never stalls and blends characters, plot, and themes in ways that entertain and inspire. Directed by Michael Apted, “Dawn Treader” reflects a marked departure from the style of director Adam Adamson’s approach to “Prince Caspian” (2008) that chose action over story.

Walden Media and Disney partnered for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005) and “Prince Caspian” (2008). When Disney withdrew from the current film, Twentieth Century Fox stepped up.

In “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” the four Pevensie children, Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Susan (Anna Popplewell) and Peter (William Moseley) are evacuated from London to the country home of a relative during World War II. Led by the youngest, Lucy, the children venture through a closet to discover Narnia. It is a parallel world where the children encounter new creatures; temptations; goodness; magic; a witch; and Aslan, who teach them and Narnians sacrificial love.

For the rest of the review click here: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Carrie Underwood sings the theme song “There’s a Place for Us” – lovely.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader coming December 10

I had the opportunity to see the latest installment of the Chronicles of Narnia  yesterday and am happy to say that I liked it – quite a lot.

The 3D fantasy film is visually stunning and the narrative very close to the original story. If I said something like the seven deadly sins and their opposites in virtue, would I be revealing too much? Faith, reconciliation, love, and family? Oceans, islands, and mists, ah ha! A lion,  dragons, and mermaids, ah ha!

If I said that the return of the beloved talking mouse (Reepicheep) is the most entertaining example of anthropomorphism I have seen this year, what would you think?  And that the young actor (Will Poulter) chosen to play the irritating cousin Eustace was a brilliant casting choice?

Then let me jump ahead to the closing song “There’s a Place for Us”    sung by Carrie Underwood over the final credits backlit by original illustrations from the first print edition of the C.S. Lewis classic. Would you stay until the last credit rolled? I did.

Watch this space for a review on December 10, the film’s release date.

There’s a Place for Us