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December 14, 2010 > Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Review by Jennifer Gau

It is a mystery why Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley), and their cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) are transported to the Dawn Treader, the great Narnian ship. Their royal friend King Caspian (Ben Barnes) did not summon them as he did previously. In any case, Edmund and Lucy are happy to be back in a world where they feel important. Directed by Michael Apted, the audience follows Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace through a tale of mystery as they look for the seven lost Lords of Narnia. It is only a combination of the Lords' special swords that will banish the spell of an evil mist plaguing Narnia.

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (1952) is the third book out of seven in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis. These books are intended for an audience younger than Harry Potter fans, but both series have a lot in common. They're both set in London, have seven books, and are filled with made-up fantasy words. The main characters also fight brave battles against evil. Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace all come face-to-face with their fears and weaknesses and embrace the wonders Narnia offers.

Eustace bring comedic effect to the film, and undergoes the greatest change during their epic journey to find the seven Lords. Visual effects bring their adventures to life through fighting magical creatures to basking in the guidance of their old friend, Aslan, the lion. However, the magical visual effects do not save the plot from feeling rushed and Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace's problems appear to be solved without much effort or substance.

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" has the right amount of teamwork for the entire family to enjoy. If you can't get enough of 3-D movies, this is another one to check out.

Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
Rated: PG

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