Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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The sequel that I thought would never happen...has happened. I apologize to all my readers, who read my review of "The Last Airbender", as I briefly mentioned that Disney wasn't releasing another "Narnia" movie. Boy was I ever wrong on that one, as it seems. Then again, who could blame me? After all, according to the production notes of IMDB, it seems the last "Narnia" movie had a estimated budget of $225,000,000; while grossing a total of $141,621,490 domestically. Don't get me wrong, the film did make up for the cost in international sales rounding up to a total profit of almost $420 million. However, my sources, at the time, claimed that due to poor domestic sales that Disney was not originally planning on releasing this film. But seeing as how this new chapter in the "Narnia" series is shot in 3-D, and factoring in the box office success 3-D films have had recently, it's no surprise that Disney quickly changed it's mind to reap the benefits.

"Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is based off the popular fiction novel of the same name. Collectively being the third chapter in a series of "Narnia" adventures, where audiences are introduced into a magical world where almost anything is possible, and nothing is ever what it seems. However, like all "Narnia" films of the past, the main protagonists not only learn a valuable lesson about life and a bit about more about themselves, they overcome adversity during harsh circumstances.

As the story goes, Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keynes) return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace (Will Poulter), where they meet up with Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship, The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, a band of lost warriors, and a mysterious green mist that causes a person's worst fears to come true; before reaching the edge of the world.

Unfortunately, like the last movie, "Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian", this new film still pales in comparison to the original story. Sacrificing various story elements that would've been useful to elaborate the story, in favor of special effects and action sequences. Leaving various plot holes along the way that sorely needed to be explained like the origin of the green mist itself, as it's never explained in the film.

However, what "Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" lacks in story content, it makes up for in character development and humor of the previous films. Allowing the audiences to become more familiar with the younger siblings of the series, Lucy and Edmund, who were originally supporting characters to Peter and Anna of the previous movies. Like their older siblings of the last movie, Lucy and Edmund, struggle with the idea that they're still kids within the confines of our world; where they were once great rulers of Narnia along their older siblings. Another thing worth noting here is that both characters deeply envy their older siblings, as they try to live up to their names when their adventure begins. It's during this adventure that our heroes learn the most valuable lesson of all when it comes to life......"never undermine your own value, and grow up becoming the best you that you can be." Words to live by, as nobody should ever try live their life to be like anyone else.

Then we get to the new character, Eustace, a cocky spoiled brat who claims that Narnia is nothing more than a land of rubbish and fairy tales. Believing highly of his intelligence and self worth that even when he goes to Narnia, he believes it's all a big dream and refuses to accept it as a real least at first. Needless to say, Eustace lacks any void of imagination around the beginning of the movie, where he believes that any book that isn't based on facts should be deemed as garbage. However, like our other protagonists in this story, he too has a lesson to learn about life as well. One that completely changes his perspective on things.

As for the rest of the film, I thought the special effects and 3-D cinematography were very well done, as Narnia's magical world is perfect for this kind of cinematography. Immersing audiences deeper into this magical world full of wonders that dare to defy a person's wildest dreams...or deepest nightmares. Whatever the case maybe, one thing is for sure....there's never been a more beautiful 3-D movie, since "Alice and Wonderland" and "Avatar." It's literally that freaking good, as the special effects are almost too realistic to even fathom.

Overall, I wouldn't say this is best fantasy film that I've ever seen, but it's certainly one of the most visually stunning ones out there. Sure, the story could have been a helluva a lot better, but the character development and humor more than make up for it. In the end, I'd give this film a three out of four. Not a great film by any means, but it's definitely a great family movie to take your kids to that the entire family will love.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West By God

I love those movies and I have the 7 set books and have read them many times. Does the movie stick to the book? Does it go all the way to the last book or are they also going to do the next book? I also heard that there would be no other movie after the first one. I can't wait until it comes out of DVD.

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dosters 6 years ago from Chicago

Hey Steven. I just saw your overview and linked to it from my hub, which is an overview of the book:

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@Lady Guinevere

I just would like to say thank you for visiting my hub, as it's always a pleasure seeing you. Unfortunately, I've never read the book, which I probably should have before reviewing this. However, from what I've been told and researched from other sites, it sounds like it does. As far as the story going all the way until the very last book, it doesn't, as I just discovered recently Disney is already working on the sequel as we speak. Therefore, I'd probably expect to hear more about it within the next couple of years, since this film was a hit at the box office. Anyways, i hope that answers your questions, and thanks again for stopping by.


Wow, thanks dosters, I appreciate you linking my hub to yours, as i just did the same thing for you. Anyways thanks for stopping by.

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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West By God

It's one of 7 book in a series:

The Magician's Nephew

The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe

The Horse and His Boy

Prince Caspian

The Boyage of the Dawn Treader

The Silver Chair

The Last Battle

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Oh I'm well aware of the book series, as I've been meaning to read them myself. I just never got around to it. However, one of these days, I will though if I stop procrastinating about it. lol. Sorry, i know that probably sounds bad. Anyways, from what I researched about this franchise, Disney already has the "Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair" into production as we speak according to imdb. Therefore, I'm sure we can expect to hear later news though. Of course, it does have it as a TBA 2011 movie, but I think it's probably closer to a 2012 release date, as I'm sure we would've heard more information about the upcoming film if it was to be released later this year.

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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West By God

I can't wait to get them on DVD. My daughter always gets me these for Christmas or Mother's Day or my Birthday!

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Wow, really? that's pretty amazing. Sounds like a great present for anyone to get. My family pretty much does the same thing for me, as they always buy me various movies for Christmas or my Birthday. Anyways, I hope you like the movie though when you see it. :)

roygbiv 6 years ago

Lady Guinevere: I don't for sure if I'm right, but I'm pretty sure that out of the 7 books they are only making the ones that have Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, oh, and Eustace, I guess he counts too! That's what I've heard and it makes sense since the first movie is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I personally think they should have just made all the books into movies. I've read them all, too, and I think if they were all movies people would be able to understand some of the connections better - like that the Professor the kids go live with is the Diggory from The Magician's Nephew. But they've done a pretty good job with the movies anways.

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petertheknight 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love and own all of the Narnia movies. I actually saw this in 3D. The only reason I did is because that was the only showing they had at that time. I'm not much of the 3D guy...I don't think the 3D effects on this or any other movie I've seen before are all that great. However, the movie made up for it and I thought it was simply amazing. It didn't fit to the storyline perfectly, but the character development was very interesting and entertaining to watch. LOVED IT! Thumbs up for a great review!

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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks Peter. I'm glad you liked the review. Whether you see this in 3-D or not, it's still a pretty good movie nonetheless. I was just making a reference to it, so my readers would know if it's worth seeing in 3-D. However, you do have a point about most 3-D movies, as a lot of times it's nothing more than a gimmick to gain a few more bucks from people like you and me. Hell, documentaries are starting to filmed more in 3-D, which is ridiculous, as the only ones that should be are space ones.

Thus, it's rare to find a 3-D movie that truly makes use of great use of it. However, I do appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us Peter, as it's always a pleasure to have guests here.

handra 5 years ago

i love skander keynes i love robert pattinson as well but skander is decent if u notice

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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Well, I wouldn't know, as I don't normally check out other men. lol. However, thanks a lot for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. :) It's very nice meeting you handra.

Brenda Durham 5 years ago

I liked the first Narnia. In case you didn't know maybe, Christians relate to it in a kind of child-story-parallel to the Bible's teachings....Aslan is the "Savior", etc.

Haven't seen the chronicles except the first and second one, I think. Thanks for the review of this one. Rated it UP.

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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Really? I didn't know that. That's rather interesting, as I didn't realize there was parallels to the stories in the Bible to the Narnia series. I'll definitely have to look into that Brenda. Then again, it's been a while since I last read the bible, so i really need to brush up on it someday. lol. Anyways, it's a really long story. Thanks a lot for stopping by Brenda, as it was a pleasure seeing you.

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