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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) Movie Review

December 12, 2010

The trailers for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (Dawn Treader) entice us with promises of a fantasy world and a nautical journey.  As wonderful as the prospects of such a film sound, the reality is not as bright.  Such a lesson is learned by the young cast in “Dawn Treader” itself as Lucy struggles with the temptation of vanity and Edmond struggles with greed.  While the cast finally learns to be content with reality, one can’t help but be disheartened with what could have been with “Dawn Treader”.  The movie begins awkwardly as we get a glimpse once again of the ordinary life Lucy and Edmond are faced with.  Even worse, their cousin Eustace is a bit of a pessimist and has no shortage of complaints.

Once inside Narnia, the adventure doesn’t really feel properly driven.  The cast is vaguely driven towards some old sorcerer who shows them the way to vanquish some evil that lives in ominous green fog.  Sadly, we aren’t given much reason to care what happens to either the Narnians who have been captured or Edmond and Lucy.  The soundtrack, composed by David Arnold, does the best job possible to give the movie a push.  It provides grand, sweeping flourishes at the start of the journey and rousing battle tunes once things heat up.  Even the music is unable to save the film from its own lack of energy.  The young children learn a few personal lessons along the way and fight some epic battle that was only conjured up by their presence in the first place.  “Dawn Treader” feels like wasted potential and, while I found it enjoyable, it could have been so much more.

3/5

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From → Action, Fantasy

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