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

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February 24, 2014
Great adaptation. I understand the reasoning behind introducing the green mist but feel it does tend to subtract from the main theme. However very pleased that Aslan's revelation at the end is kept in as this is very crucial but would have been tempting to leave out in today's society.
Channing Tatum
February 4, 2014
Voyage of the Dawn Treader has beautiful special effects, but is let down by a one-dimensional plot and sub-par script.
December 7, 2010
Not bad at all. Watched it online. Worth a second look in 3d. Left me feeling nostalgic as usual. Lovely childhood story.
Dammy  G.
January 9, 2014
More garbage from King Garbage, of the Garbage dynasty.
January 9, 2014
although lack a bit at the storytelling departement, the performance from the young casts were acceptable and lovely
January 6, 2014
I loved the movie...
January 5, 2014
this movie provides a wonderful and colorful Segway to the last of the Narnia stories, namely the Last Battle. It only seems somewhat limp at the end because it is a bridging producers should finish the series with "The Last Battle" so that the whole story is complete. Beautiful and colorful and filled with C..S. Lewis.
Mikael Farris
January 2, 2014
Took me awhile, but I finally sat down and watched this movie. I had been meaning to for 3 years, I guess. I found this movie overall to be mediocre at best. It seems as though the magic is fading with each Narnia movie. I was left a little disappointed with Prince Caspian as it lacked that pop and/or drive to a movie. This one felt the same if not worse.
December 31, 2013
Sadly, a waste of great potential. The hard suspension of believe necessary to deal with the Eustice character is simply too exhausting to muster. Kid stands on the deck after the picture pours enough water to take them to another world.. witnesses talking mice and oxen.. and still continues to bitch and complain. Even in Narnia something's just not right about that.
December 30, 2013
BORING. Bad pacing issues, a terrible performance by Will Poulter, and it just goes no where
May 18, 2008
Las crónicas de Narnia - El travesía del viajero del Alba
December 23, 2013
Should of not jiggled the plot around but I still really enjoyed the visuals and fun pacing of this film. A great family film to rewatch yearly. Not a classic but a close one.
Cameron W. Johnson
Cameron W. Johnson

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December 20, 2013
The world is indeed not enough for director Michael Apted, James Bond fans, so he's heading off to Narnia, either because Andrew Adamson had more important things to do in 2010... like "Shrek Forever After", or because they had to kick Adamson to the curb due to people's drawing enough comparisons between this series and the "Lord of the Rings" series with a Kiwi filmmaker being taken out of account. Quite frankly, I think the excitement level of this film is enough to distinguish it from high fantasy "epics" like "The Lord of the Rings", for even the title's underwhelming, because, really, just how extensive of a voyage can this be if it's being led by someone who only treads around dawn? Dawn usually lasts around half an hour or so, so it figures that this "Chronicles of Narnia" installment actually runs under two hours and still be way too long. Speaking of meandering, I think you get the point about my lamely joking about someone who actually voyages during the dawn, but hey, at least give me some credit for trying to come up with a play on the title that isn't "The Voyage of the Yawn Treader" once again, because someone here has to be original, and it's sure not this film. Seriously though, there is at least something different about this film, and that is its being picked up by 20th Century Fox after it got dropped by Disney, as well as its replacing Eddie Izzard with Simon Pegg as Reepicheep. In all sorts of ways, this film is kicking powerful mice out of this franchise, though it's hard to tell the difference, because when it comes to the Reepicheep voice change, all they did was trade out one English comedian for another, and when it comes to the studio change, 20th Century Fox still Disneyfied this subject matter. Jokes aside, this film is decent, but it's a little more watered down than its predecessors, and for a number of reasons.

There's something much less consequential about this film, even more so than "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", but that's hardly an excuse for this film to be so much fluffier than its predecessors, at least to the point of tonal unevenness, for although this is still not the overtly Disneyfied film that we were fearing an installment in this series would be when Disney was calling the shots, what tension there is often finds itself broken by overly fluffy comic relief, while a more realized sense of fluff is sometimes broken by an almost unsubtly considerable attention to the weight of this adventure opus' conflict, however limited it may be. The film is even more uneven with its tone than "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", and such inconsistency goes matched by an unevenness in pacing, because even though this film, at just under two hours, is the shortest of the "Chronicles of Narnia" films by a relatively sizable margin, storytelling is still bloated with fluffy filler and excess material to shake coherency in focus. I suppose the film doesn't put as much attention as its predecessors into its plot's layers, as it just doesn't have time to meander that much, but this installment is somehow arguably about as aimless as either of its predecessors, for thinness to substance is emphasized by the attempts at bloating that only result in pacing inconsistencies, and the attempts at breaking fluff with tension that only result in tonal inconsistencies. If nothing else, the film is at least consistent in familiarity, just like its formulaic predecessors, hitting trope, after trope, after trope, until it becomes hardly anything we haven't seen before out of this series or out an interpretation of subject matter of this type, unless, of course, you take into account that this story is a little more light than usual. The conflict is very much there, but there's something almost fillery about the story concept of this installment in the "Chronicles of Narnia" saga, whose momentum doesn't feel as important, and whose fluff feels too prominent, until what you're faced with is a fluff flick that sometimes tries, but is ultimately nothing all that special. The film does a lot of things very well, but it also makes many mistakes, and it can't afford to challenge your investment that much when it's having to deal with some serious natural shortcomings, whose emphasis wears down on the final product, until it collapses as the most underwhelming of the "Narnia" films, if not forgettable. Still, no matter how many mistakes and limitations wear this opus down, it's an ultimately worthy watch, at least for entertainment's sake, reinforced by sharp style.

Due to its being more about adventure than the depth of "Prince Caspian", this film returns to the fine tastes in dynamic locations of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", enhanced by fine production designs that prove to be immersive, with a handsomeness that is complimented by Dante Spinotti's cinematography. A good bit of style goes a long way in bringing this world to life, and even flavor up action, which is more fluffy than intense, yet it still thrillingly well-staged, with sharp technical value and fun visuals to add to the color of the style. Now, it's debatable if this film is technically sharper, or at least more technically innovative than its almost importantly well-produced predecessors, but this pricy project offers nothing less than fine technical proficiency and style, which isn't to say that direction only has sharp style to offer. Although Andrew Adamson made his share mistakes, and although there's too much thinness to this subject matter to present all that much potential for directorial storytelling, I'm not sure I'm as crazy about Michael Apted as a director for this series in comparison with the now strictly co-producing Adamson, as Apted does not work as well with the performers, nor does he try as hard to place attention into depth, yet the heart of this effort is kept pumping by some effective moments - particularly the surprisingly very moving ending - in which a sense of depth is celebrated as punctuation into a consistently lively sense of pacing, anchored by colorful plays on style and David Arnold's score work. Really, while there are effective occasions to break up much too much underwhelmingness that was not this prominent in the predecessors, if nothing else, this film is genuinely fun, not just in execution, but in concept. I wish there was more meat to this fluffy piece of fat around the edges of a blockbuster series, but this was always to be a much less juicy installment in the "Narnia" saga, with an interpretation that is about as formulaic and uneven as this series' storytelling has ever been, and yet, there is still some worthy thematic depth and sense of consequence here to flavor up a lively adventure narrative, done some justice by a script by Michel Petroni and "Narnia" film series regulars Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely that offers some colorful characterization and sharp humor, and by the aforementioned inspired, if overambitious direction. Regardless of what the ambitious filmmakers clearly want you to do, you shouldn't expect much out of this relatively less consequential installment out of an epic high fantasy saga, but if you're willing to get past the loss of meat, there's enough fun here for the whole family to embrace, even if there's only so much beyond that.

When dawn has been broken, unevenness in tone and pacing, as well as much too much in the way of familiarity, behind a story concept that is pumped with natural shortcomings leave the final product to tumble into underwhelmingness, but enough wonderment is captured through lovely art direction, cinematography and score work, fun action set pieces, colorful writing and delightfully well-paced and sometimes effective direction behind an adequately intriguing and dynamic story concept to make "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" a thoroughly entertaining, if somewhat disappointing third outing in the "Narnia" saga.

2.5/5 - Fair
December 5, 2013
The charm and fun and nostalgia you experience while watching the first film? It's all gone from The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, with only the performances of Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes to warrant any reccomendation of any kind.
December 4, 2013
Porqué tan corta?.... tampoco era para que le redujeran excesivamente a la excesiva duración que tuvo su predecesora. De muchos elementos y épicos momentos que tenía el libro, aquí lo reducen a un tercio de todo e incluso con subtramas que no llegan a tener un desarrollo fuerte. Pero aventura fresca para pasar el rato, lo es.
November 3, 2010
Three Narnian years after the events of Prince Caspian, Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are staying with their irritating bookworm cousin Eustace Scrubb until the war is over. Edmund is still too young to enlist in His Majesty's Armed Forces, much to his chagrin. At their cousin's home a painting of a ship on the ocean transports Lucy, Edmund and Eustace into an ocean in Narnia.

They are rescued by the Dawn Treader. Caspian invites them on a voyage to rescue the seven Lords of Narnia whom his uncle Miraz banished. In the Lone Islands, where people are sold as slaves, Caspian and Edmund are captured and imprisoned while Lucy and Eustace are sold as slaves. Caspian meets one of the lost lords, who reveals that the slaves are not sold, but sacrificed to a mysterious green mist. The crew of the Dawn Treader rescue the four. The lord, who becomes the new governor, gives Caspian a sword, one of seven given to each of the lords by Aslan.

At another island, Lucy is abducted by invisible Dufflepuds who force her to enter the manor of the magician Coriakin to find a visibility spell. Coriakin encourages the crew to defeat the mist by laying the lords' seven swords at Aslan's Table on Ramandu's island, but warns them that they are about to be tested. Lucy recites a beauty incantation she found, and enters a dream in which she has transformed into Susan and neither Lucy nor Narnia exist. Aslan chides Lucy for her self-doubt, explaining that her siblings only know of Narnia because of her.

Another sword is recovered from a magical pool that turns anything that touches it into gold, including one of the lost lords. Meanwhile, Eustace finds, and steals from, a rock pit full of treasure. While Edmund and Caspian look for Eustace, they discover the remains of another of the lords and recover his sword. A dragon approaches and is driven away from the Dawn Treader. The dragon is Eustace, transformed by the treasure after succumbing to its temptations. Reepicheep befriends Eustace, and Eustace is touched by the mouse's kindness. He has a change of heart and becomes a valued member of the crew.

The crew arrive at Aslan's Table to find three lost lords sleeping. As they place the swords on the table they realize one is still missing. A star descends from the sky and transforms into Lilliandil, a beautiful woman who guides them to the Dark Island, lair of the mist, where they discover the last surviving Lord. Edmund's fear manifests itself as a monstrous sea serpent that attacks the ship. Eustace fights the serpent, but the panicked lord wounds him with the last sword, causing him to fly away with the sword impaled in his side. He encounters Aslan, who transforms him back into a boy, removes the sword from his body and sends him to Ramandu's island with it. As the crew fights the serpent, the mist tries to distract Edmund by appearing as Jadis, the White Witch. Eustace reaches the table and places the sword upon it, allowing the swords to unleash their magic and bestow Edmund's own sword with the power to slay the sea serpent, the death of which awakens the three sleeping lords, destroys the mist and Dark Island and liberates the sacrificed slaves.
December 2, 2013
An average and fairly forgettable fantasy sequel that fails to live up to the previous two. It feels like the once epic series as finally lost its momentum.
December 1, 2013
While I'm a sucker for a good fantasy story, and C.S. Lewis' Narnia proves a fantastic base for a fantasy film, I can't help but feel "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" to be a bit of a misfire.

The cast, which lacks any real starpower besides the voices of Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson, is generally flat all around, never really able to take command of their roles. The effects were OK, but nothing special. And as a non-religious person, I felt they maybe went beyond what they did in "Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Prince Caspian" in belting us around the head with the whole Aslan = God thing that I know Lewis alluded to in the original stories, but I feel lessens the movie version all around.... just not needed, people can draw parallels if they wish.

Here's hoping "The Silver Chair" can improve.
May 8, 2009
Why didn't they release this in the theatre? It's definitely better than the second one.
Caspian shouldn't even be in here, but at least Lucy, Eustuce and Edmund all get fair share of footage.
Ending credit was amazing, love the painting and song :)
March 28, 2013
Excellent visual effects and refreshing to watch.
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