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The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader Review
I just need to get this out of my system...
(Potential Spoilers for those who have not read the book or seen the book) The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader was mediocre at best.
THE BAD:In terms of plot, it was just awful. The team spends the whole time chasing this fart gas around the least appealing edges of Narnia, only to find out the source of it was "their fear".....Oooooooooooh. The acting of the Lucy and Edmond was elementary, showing they have not excelled in the least. Ben Barnes played a fairly good Caspian again. The writing was nothing special with prominent contrived dialogue. A sub-plot that was weak was Lucy's desire to look like her older sister....I don't know if anyone has noticed, but they look pretty freaking similar already, so what was the point of complaining.The action was not nearly as good as the first two in anyway possible. Characters were underdeveloped and the ending was contingent on Ripicheep's entrance to Aslan's Land (Heaven), which wasn't very effectively done seeing how Ripicheep, as cool as he is, did not have any emotional connections with the audience. The meaning was so formulaic and generic which overpowers an ailing plot. There were too many religious overtones (i.e. Aslan's Land, Aslan saying he's known as God in the real world). Just because you have a prominent meaning, as bad as it can be, does not mean you can sacrifice plot...that is not what movies are about. A final note on the downfalls of this movie, is it did not have the magical Narnia we all know and love, it just didn't. So if you the plot sucked, the setting sucked, the acting sucked, the writing sucked, and the meaning was pretty generic, how can this be a good movie. Debate me on that, but you lose that battle, you lose that battle 9 times out of 10.
THE GOOD: Some of the visuals were decent and contained a lot of detail. Will Poulter had a stunning performance as Eustace with one of the best line deliveries I've ever seen from someone his age. Simon Pegg's voice acting was awesome. The music was good and fit nicely as always. Various scenes were well executed (i.e. The gold cave scene, the sea serpent scene, the entrance and exit to and from Narnia). This was a very faithful adaptation of the book. The 3D wasn't terrible.
THE BOTTOM LINE: This was the weakest Narnia of the 3 movies, and that is coming from someone who adored the first two. Perhaps I'm just growing up, or perhaps I'm just becoming more insightful. The bad overpowered the good, but that being said, this movie is still worth a watch for a viewer to concoct their own opinion. Even though I found this to be the worst portrayal of Narnia, it still has a lot of the good vibes that the first two had, so if you like the Narnia series, see this one for yourself. It was a mediocre movie but remains a faithful adaptation of the book.
***This was a personal and opinionated response, but I think I gave enough supporting evidence to ensure the validity of my word.