FW MOVIE PICK: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

Will Poulter in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

Needless to say people’s interest in “The Chronicles of Narnia” film series was started to fizzle out (myself included) and the fact that this once isn’t even directed by Andrew Adamson and distributed by 20th Century Fox instead of Disney did cause me some discomfort! Visiting their annoying cousin, Eustace, Lucy and Edmund Pevensie come across a painting of a majestic ship called the Dawn Treader. Suddenly, the painting comes to life and draws the youths into Narnia, where they meet their old friend, King Caspian. Caspian is on a quest to find the seven lost Lords of Telmar, whose swords will save Narnia from an evil green mist that enslaves men’s minds and bodies. The film stars Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter and Ben Barnes. Will Poulter delivers an excellent performance as the irritating cousin. While the movie is shorter then the previous installments and it does follow the novel quite faithfully; unfortunately its slow pace and lack of substance robs the movie a lot of its magic. The visual effects are still great, but most of the Narnians, especially Aslan’s designs are too different. The final scene where Aslan encourages them to know him in their world by another name is probably the most moving scene in the movie, because I immediately knew he meant Jesus and Aslan’s Country is basically Narnia’s version of heaven. Unfortunately this ended up being the last released Narnia movie to date due to lack of interest; however thankfully the series will be rebooted into a Netflix Show where they’ll actually adapt all seven novels; if “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” can work, then so could this beloved property!

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