“Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” Not Enough Magical Drama

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min.
Release Date: December 10, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.
Distributors: Fox Walden

Director: Michael Apted

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: No.
Own it: No.
Recommend it: to those that enjoyed the first two.

Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are staying with an overbearing cousin, Eustace (Will Poulter), because their parents are working in America. A ship appears in a painting of water. Lucy comments that it looks very Narnian. The painting fills the room with water and then all three are in Narnia because there’s trouble. Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I miss the two older children. I don’t know…it seems less of a story without them. I understand they can’t come back because they be old, but still. The Dawn Treader had great visuals with the water filling the room, the snow, the water nymphs and the awesome dragon. The problem was not enough drama. By drama, I mean emotional pulling of imaginary heartstrings.

When characters are all gunning to do something noble they end up doing something selfish first. In that scene, it happened in an awkward way. It could have had and should have had a more powerful impact. Edmund and Caspian (Ben Barns) argued over taking gold. The disagreement is important to the rest of the story, but it isn’t presented in an important way. It’s as if they said, “Eh, toss that in there for affect.” I enjoyed the scene between Reepicheep and the dragon. It had a moment of magical understanding. The end didn’t fumble the emotional punch. Based on how the entire film progressed, I didn’t expect there to be much emotion in the end, but there it was trying really hard to get me to tear up. Almost, they almost did it.

I would label this a low B+ closer to a B than an A-. They missed many opportunities to pull out all the stops with the drama between Edmund and Lucy vs. Eustace. Eustace lived up to his name for the majority of the film (good acting). If they had worked in the tension better the reverse he pulls would pack more of an emotional slugging. Religious overtones should be seen in the film, but for some reason they hold back, or maybe it’s not supposed to be apparent or strong. I didn’t read the books.

The Dawn Treader is a decent movie. I had a fun time watching it. I can’t think of anything fantastic about the film. I guess I also gave it a B+ because it entertained me enough and didn’t last too long. I would have noticed. We were in crappy 80’s throw back movie theater. I sat on a spring. A SPRING. Or the spring sat on me. I don’t know…it felt like it was getting fresh. Whatever was happening, I would have noticed a longer film. I kept fidgeting. Never will I go back to that theater and never will I see this film again. Win for my time. Lose for it’ll be wasted on something.

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