Thursday, December 2, 2010

Movie Review: "Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" Sets Sail

We can't help writing this blog and not hum the SNL digital short "Lazy Sunday." Thank you Andy Samberg for that treasure.

Unfortunately, the Chronic of Narnia is about as familiar as we were to the blockbuster films or C.S. Lewis books before we went to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader advanced movie screening.  Brett claims to have read the books about 20 years ago, but had to have a quick refresher course from Wikipedia while we were waiting for the film to start.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader follows the two youngest Pevensie kids Edmund (played by Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) and their obnoxious cousin Esutace (look for scene stealer Will Poulter).  The trio pairs up with King Caspian (Ben Barnes) after they emerge in the high seas of Narnia when a painting floods their room.  Three years have passed in Narnia and Caspian is searching for the seven lords.  The children join in his efforts and fight in the battle of good vs. evil all while testing their values and learning valuable lessons.

3D Brett
Dawn Treader was directed by Michael Apted and is the first Narnia journey to add the 3D element to the action packed adventure.  The goofy glasses gave a little bit of excitement to some of the epic battle scenes, but overall fell short throughout most of the movie.  You won't miss anything by watching this one in 2D.

The subliminal cultural references are hilarious...loved that those kids appreciated the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters and that the Smoke Monster from Lost finally found work after the series ended.  We're sure Smokie has it rough trying to avoid being type casted.

Thumbs up for Narnia!
In all seriousness, even without knowing the background of the Narnia series, it wasn't hard to see the Christian parables when Azlan appeared.  The symbolism of the pearly gates, the Red Sea, a 'higher being' always around to protect and watch over, Heaven being blocked from was hard to miss!

Even if you haven't read the books or seen the first two films in the series, we don't think you'll be disappointed in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  

We rather enjoyed our first trip to Narnia!