Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
The four Pevensie children return to Narnia, only to discover that hundreds of years have passed since they ruled there, and the evil King Miraz has taken charge. With the help of a heroic mouse called Reepicheep, and the exiled heir to the throne, Prince Caspian, they set out to overthrow the King, once again with Aslan's help. Written by
Work on the script began before The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) was released, with a projected release date of 2007. However, the producers' many concerns regarding the novel Prince Caspian (2nd Narnia book written, 4th in retroactive "chronological" order) caused delays. At one point they considered skipping Prince Caspian and moving on to the next book in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, likely because Caspian is more character-driven and less action-oriented then the high adventure of "Dawn Treader" or "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". On the other hand, leaving out Prince Caspian's book would have robbed him of his proper introduction, and his presence on the Dawn Treader would make no sense to an audience. A repeat of the late 1980s BBC television strategy was considered, wherein "Prince Caspian" and "Dawn Treader" would combined as two segments of the same feature film. Director Andrew Adamson found a way to have the film stand on its own by adding a grand scale castle battle to the storyline, to make this film more epic and action oriented (the book does not have a corresponding scene). In hindsight, Adamson regretted the decision to make this second trip to Narnia bigger and more overblown than the first. See more »
The children play on the beach upon first returning to Narnia, then are in Cair Paravel in the next scene. The wetness and position of their clothing is different, but that is because much time has passed. See more »
This movie isn't half as charming or eloquently magical as the first, but it engages nonetheless.
There's something about the young actors chosen to play the four major roles- Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy. They badly make you wish you were in their shoes. The film in itself is often reminiscent of LOTR, but the major difference being in a childlike simplicity this one retains.
Aslan, despite not having much of a role, manages to be the most striking character, and Lucy is as lovable as she was in the first film.
The battle scenes are brilliant, as are the landscapes. The power politics and senselessness of violence are dealt with a lot maturely in this film as compared to the first installment. At some point you realize you want at least a dozen more films revolving around these four siblings, and to be able to access Narnia for ever.
The only thing that ruins this film is this strange invasion of Hollywood-like romance as a very annoying little subplot, and the sudden intrusion of a ridiculous song at a climactic point.
Apart from that, I am pretty sure any fantasy-hound would enjoy this film a lot, and especially so if you're a big Lewis fan.
I know I am.
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