The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Movie Review
The Chronicles of Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn
Cast: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will
Director: Michael Apted
In this latest Narnia film, which has taken a while to arrive on the big
screen following Disney's decision to leave the franchise behind, it's back to
the land of Narnia for the Pevensie siblings, Edmund and Lucy (Skandar Keynes
and Georgie Henley).
Via a portrait of a ship on the sea, the duo - along with pesky cousin
Eustace (Son of Rambow's Will Poulter) - are pulled back into the world and
straight onto the ship, the Dawn Treader - and its quest.
Under the helmship of King Caspian (Ben Barnes), the gang are trying to
locate the seven Lords and their seven swords to try and banish evil from
But as all of them fall deeper into the quest, their faith and resolve are
tested by the dark forces at play in Narnia.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a film which feels like it's from another
time in many ways.
It's a very traditional family piece which will appeal to the younger end of
the market - and certainly the kids in the audience with whom I saw the film
were entranced by certain parts and the antics of animated, swash buckling mouse
Reepicheep (voiced by Simon Pegg) as well as by Will Poulter's terribly annoying
There's swashbuckling aplenty at any given moment in this - any excuse to
take out swords and have a bit of a fight; unfortunately that leads to the film
feeling a tad repetitive throughout as it negotiates "the fight, get captured,
escape plot" running through.
Complete with comments such as "Evil has the upper hand", the film misfires a
little and doesn't fully engage a wider audience. The kids do a reasonable job
of giving their characters some life - and the majority of the laughs go to
stuck up Eustace and Reepicheep, but there's little to keep the older section of
the audience feeling like they're watching something new here.
That said, there are some pretty impressive effects; the scene where the
water comes gushing out of the picture and brings the kids back to Narnia is
well done - and the evil green mist floating around adds a layer of much needed
Sure, there's messages in there about faith, being true to yourself and
dealing with temptations (which some will understand more than others) but the
unspectacular Voyage of the Dawn Treader treads dangerously into the territory
of Voyage of the Yawn Treader.