Here’s my video review of the “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader” from KTKA-49.
“The Chronicles of Narnia” franchise, based on C.S. Lewis’ Christian-themed fantasy series for young adults, has had a rough go of it. Part of that is due to the fact that Disney dropped out as a distribution partner after the diminishing box office returns of “Prince Caspian.”
The other part is that neither of the first two films were able to capture any of the magic that made the books so enchanting.
Unfortunately, new director Michael Apted continues to struggle with “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third movie adaptation in the series. To say that it may be the best of the “Narnia” movies so far isn’t saying much.
It is helped slightly by having less main characters, since it only focuses on two of the Pevensie children and their latest adventure in the land of Narnia, but it still can’t escape the generic fantasy rut that plagued the other movies. It’s like “Lord of the Rings” Lite crossed with “The Pirates of the Caribbean.”
The book was very episodic, and the writers have a hard time putting together a compelling adventure from it. When your only villain is a lame computer-generated green smoke graphic, you know you’re in trouble. What’s worse, the movie’s been upconverted to 3D for no other reason than capturing higher ticket prices.
With no real sense of danger or urgency, the “adventure” of the Dawn Treader remains as by-the-books and generic as ever. What works better are the moments of doubt for young Lucy and Edmund. The only problem is, those scenes add up to about 5 minutes of the film.