The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a 2010 high fantasy film, the sequel to Prince Caspian, directed by Michael Apted, written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, and Michael Petroni. It stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Liam Neeson, Simon Pegg, and Tilda Swinton. It is based on the book by C.S. Lewis.
When Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are sent to live with their cousin Eustace Clarence Scrubb, they are taken back to Narnia through a painting. Together with King Caspian, Reepicheep, and the Dawn Treader's crew, they sail to the world's end, explore new islands, find lost lords, and defeat the ultimate evil on Dark Island.
Why it Rules
- The acting, especially by Will Poulter, is amazing.
- The special effects are good.
- The Dawn Treader's design is awesome.
- It improves on Prince Caspian in certain ways, as some believed Narnia had lost its magic in that movie, which this one happily restores.
- It adapts the major parts of the story.
- The humor works most of the time.
- The climax at Dark Island and the fight with the Sea Serpent are exciting.
- The White Witch, Peter and Susan make cameos that don't feel forced and fit with the story.
- The exchanges between Eustace and Reepicheep range from hilarious to heartfelt.
- Small moments in the book are made into character arcs in the movie, i.e. Lucy wanting to be beautiful like Susan and Caspian's desire to be a good king like his father.
- While the major parts were adapted, their spirit was lost due to the change in theme from the book.
- The green mist plot feels unneeded.
- Until Eustace becomes a dragon, he can be insufferable.
- Caspian loses his accent, something that helped him stand out from the other Narnians.
- Some of the CGI looks dated.
- It's kind of sad to hear that Edmund and Lucy couldn't come back to Narnia.
Due to Prince Caspian underperforming at the box office, Disney didn't produce/distribute this film. Production was handed over to 20th Century Fox.