Dec 30, 2010

Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader Review

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Premise:
Of the four siblings from the previous two films, the two oldest, Susan and Peter are living with family in America, while the two youngest, Lucy and Edmund are living with family in England. World War II has made international travel and a reunion impossible, but in comes Narnia, where anything is possible to kidnap Lucy, Edmond, and their obnoxious cousin Eustace. The threesome are quickly matched up once more with Prince Caspian and a courageous adventure awaits.


Standouts:
The writing and animation are really superb in this film. My favorite characters were animated and the slightest nuances were really picked up. There are quite a few cliches used that are hard to miss, but at least they're well-done so you're not rolling your eyes. Lastly, the last few minutes of the film really dragged on and felt overly preachy.


My Highlights:
A large sword-fighting mouse named Reepicheep (voiced by Simon Pegg) consoles a very distraught and emotionally frustrated dragon.


Overall Rating:
While at times heavily relying on cliches, and a very unsubtle Christian PSA at the end, this was a very fun film. Not the best I've seen in 2010, but far from the worst. Also, best of the trilogy. 4 *'s out of 5, or 8 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
What's great about this film is you don't need to have kids to enjoy watching it. Kids would undoubtedly be into it, and learn some strong moral lessons, but girlfriends or just people open minded to good films of any genre will get a kick out of this.

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