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.
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are stranded in Cambridge, living in the house of their obnoxious cousin Eustace, while the grown-ups Susan and Peter are living in the USA with their parents. When a painting of a ship sailing on the sea of Narnia overflows water in their room, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace are transported to the ocean of Narnia and rescued by King Caspian and the crew of the ship The Dawn Treader. Caspian explains that Narnia has been in peace for three years but before he took his throne back, his uncle tried to kill the seven lords of Telmar, who were the closest and most loyal friends of his father. They fled to The Lone Island and no one has ever heard anything about them. Now Caspian is seeking out the lords of Telmar with his Captain Drinian, the talking mouse Reepicheep and his loyal men. Soon, they discover that an evil form of green mist is threatening Narnia and the siblings and their cousin join Caspian in a quest to retrieve the seven swords of the seven lords of ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The original intention was that Miraz would briefly reprise his role as a hallucination triggered by the Green Mist. This would be the realization of Caspian's worst fear as his uncle would taunt him much like the White Witch appears to intimidate Edmund so that he would feel weakened. It was decided late into production they should switch the character and Caspian's father would be the apparition. The filmmakers hesitated because Caspian's father was a completely unknown face that could render the audience confused. They finally persevered with their second choice and went on to substitute Miraz with his brother, since they decided that the ultimate fear of Caspian was that he could never live up to his father's reputation as a King. Consequently, the manifestation of the Green Mist to influence Caspian resulted in being his father and not his uncle. See more »
When Susan is writing Lucy and Edmund a letter, the camera pans to a high quality, color photograph of the four siblings in uniforms. Color photography was only rarely used by professionals even 5 years after WWII ended and would never have matched the modern clarity of the prop photo. See more »
Why bother adapting a book if you're just going to rewrite the plot???
I was SO looking forward to the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and was sorely disappointed.
The film felt like they took the original story, chopped it up, then threw it in a blender with seven magical swords and some ridiculous green mist!
While the film stayed true to main themes of the story, much of the character development and purpose to each of the minor island stories was lost. Unfortunately this meant that most of the magic of the story was lost as well.
I gave the film 6 stars due to the redeeming qualities that were the stunning visuals, some excellent acting (notably by Will Poulter as Eustace), and a beautifully executed final scene.
If you haven't read the book, then you may enjoy this film immensely, but if you are a true Narnia fan, don't go in with very high expectations.
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