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

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Its leisurely, businesslike pace won't win the franchise many new fans, but Voyage of the Dawn Treader restores some of the Narnia franchise's lost luster with strong performances and impressive special effects.


Movie Info

Upon returning to Narnia to join Prince Caspian for a voyage on the majestic royal vessel known as The Dawn Treader, Lucy, Edmund, and their cousin Eustace encounter merfolk, dragons, dwarves, and a wandering band of lost warriors. As the edge of the world draws near, their remarkable adventure at sea sails toward an exciting, yet uncertain, conclusion. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: PG (for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: C.S. Lewis, Richard LaGravenese, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 8, 2011
Box Office: $104.4M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast


as Lucy Pevensie

as Edmund Pevensie

as Caspian

as Eustace Scrubb

as Drinian

as Lord Bern

as Lord Rhoop

as Coriakin

as Liliandil

as The White Witch

as Susan Pevensie

as Peter Pevensie

as Auctioneer

as Reepicheep

as Gael's Mum

as 1st Mate

as Slave Trader

as Intake Officer

as Chief Dufflepud

as Dufflepud #2

as Dufflepud #3

as Dufflepud #4

as Caspian's Father

as Young Man

as Telmarine Sailor

as Steward

as Photographer

as Slaver #1

as Slaver #2

as Gael's Aunt

as Minotaur

as Handsome Soldier

as Pretty Young Nurse

as First Mate
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Critic Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (34)

What's been missing from the series since the first film is a strong, memorable adversary.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
TheMovieReport.com

...rushes from the screen with ambition and color, excitement and thrill, and a relentless sense of optimism that catapults the story and its visuals to striking heights.

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
Cinemaphile.org

A good old-fashioned adventure story, this family-friendly film benefits from several outstanding supporting characters.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

The only "Narnia" Chronicle that's a worthy challenger to the far more popular Harry Potter pictures

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Tribune News Service

While "Dawn Treader" still had the look, it didn't feel like a Narnia film because of its meandering storyline.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
Examiner.com

This is designed to keep the children happy over the Christmas period and fans of CS Lewis will enjoy the fact that it's a pretty faithful adaptation. But those wanting something different from the usual CGI extravaganza would do well to look elsewher

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
The Baltic Times

Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The third part of C.S. Lewis children fantasy novels has only half of the Pevensie kids return to the magic kingdom of Narnia as Prince Caspian, known from part two, requires their help in a search for disappeared lords and abducted slaves. The third human involuntarily joining the adventure is cousin Eustace, an over the top and rather annoying character for the first half of the film. The special effects, production design and locations are top notch, the film looks much better than its predecessors in pretty much every regard. The plot is only somewhat interesting but at least sends the characters to colorful and spectacular locations. The entertaining but somewhat clichéd first half of the film surprisingly comes around in the final act and a really spectacular and fun showdown, the best Narnia film sequence to date. Here, even Eustace finds purpose and redeems himself. The ending is also rather sweet and touching. Kids probably won't be bothered by the rather simplistic dialogs of the first half anyway and enjoy the entire adventure whole-heartedly.

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Jens S.

Super Reviewer

I'd read in my Entertainment Weekly magazine about how boring they (or that editor) thought it was, but I rather enjoyed it start to finish, myself.

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Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

I was rather pleasantly surprised in this 3rd installment of the Chronicles of Narnia, feeling that, although a fairy tale and targeted at 10 year olds, there held in this one enough charm and a certain degree of cynicism to overcome the weaknesses so apparent in the 2nd film.

This film, while following the 2nd film's coming of age aspects, foregoes many of the epic scenes of battle with all the cool creatures, and therefore becomes more human. Not to say the film is perfect, for there are some odd plot contrivances (for example, having the incompetent and trouble making Eustace included in all the ship's landing parties) and the type of ham fisted plot messages geared for the aforementioned 10 year old mentality, however, if you just check your brain at the door and watch the story unfold, I believe there is enough here to hold an adult's interest (though casting myself in that role may be suspect... LOL).

There are some delightful CGI moments, which make the hideously bad CGI that also fills the film so much more glaring. If you look at the all the scenes when the Dawn Treader arrives at the apparently abandoned city, you'll see bad mapping, terribly drawn, static backdrops, and some seriously bad staging once the city's denizens populate the town.

The acting throughout was respectable given the archetypes that had to be represented (and really, the mouse out acted all the real characters), and I really enjoyed the bratty performance of Eustace, who added a wonderful degree of adult levity with all this cynicism.

Unfortunately there is a plot device that comes at the beginning of the grand fight between goodness and evil, that you know you've seen before... yes, I'm talking about evil taking your worst thought and making it real - shades of Ghostbusters! It would have been hilarious to see the Sta-Puff Marshmallow Man threatening the ship instead of the sea monster that was conjured out of Edmund's psyche (though I kind of enjoyed seeing a cameo appearance by the ice queen who, after Edmund complained that she was already dead, proclaimed "I'll never be truly dead as long as I exist in your mind"... pretty heady stuff when you think about it). I have to point out however that if you're thinking Ghostbusters rip-off, you may have it backwards - for C.S. Lewis penned The Dawn Treader decades before Ghostbusters.

In the end, this is miles away from Tolkien, but then again, the books are as well (closer to Potter actually, both in target audience and tone); and certainly there have been far worse films based on beloved children's books (The Gold Compass comes to mind).

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paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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