Joshua's Review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I went into this movie not excepecting anything, and wow, I was right. I'm not even sure of the plot in this movie. Are they trying to find the seven swords? Or are they trying to defeat that damn mist? Either way, mostly all of the little charm that was in one and two are gone, replaced by bad character developement.
I must admit, I'm not a big fan of 1 and 2. I'm just not a big fan of them, so going in to this one I didn't really care for it. And guess what? I don't really care anymore now at home and watching Jay Leno. But there are a few good things, otherwise a 40% wouldn't be appropriate. The acting by the movie's four leads are pretty solid; Georgie Henley (Lucy), Skandar Keynes (Edmond), Will Poulter (Eustace) and Ben Barnes are all pretty solid here, really improved from one and two. Some of the special effects are pretty cool too, like that huge green sea monster thing, or some of the green mist was pretty cool. Oh, and Simon Pegg is also pretty cool as the voice of Reepacheep. The one cast member who truly shines out is Will Poulter, who is charismatic and funny.
That's about it for the good things though. Probably the worst and most affecting bad thing in the movie is the low production values. The actual water scenes are grainy and blurry; that one scene when there in the volcanic field, when Eustace is looking at all that gold, yeah, well the reflections on the gold were grainy, and some of the shots in the movie were unfocused. The plot in the movie was muddled; I didn't know what was happening or why it was happening. At times Michael Apted tries to develop some of the characters and only half develops them. Some ideas like that 'your worst fears will be brought to life' was cool, but we only see Edmonds fear, and I thought that was kinda annoying. The writing was pretty average, and cliche. The score felt too repetetive to be cool or to resonate.
So yeah, overall, this third Narnia movie didn't mean to much to me. The acting and voice acting was great, with solid preformances, and some of the effects were cool (like that sea creature thing), but the cons overrule the pros. Other than a couple cool special effects scenes, the others were too smooth to be even slightly believable. The story is incomprehensible. The cinematography is pretty average, and the score is, at times, kind of annoying. If your not already a Narnia fan, than I think this is definately a skip; even if you are one I think it may be too.