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Chronicles of Narnia - Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Georgia Hendley, Tilda Swinton
Directed by Michael Apted
Fox Home entertainment 2011
112 minutes

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third of the Narnia series based on the books by C.S. Lewis.  The story continues with the two youngest children of the family (Lucy and Edmond Pevensie) being placed at their aunt and uncle's house with their terrible cousin Eustace so they are able to stay away from the ravages of war. The two older children are in America and figure minimally in the story, as they are too old to return to Narnia.

This is a fantastic movie - with one caveat that I will come to later...  From the actors portrayals of the classic story, to the special effects, and the extraordinary characters, this is an action packed movie from start to finish.

The actors themselves really get into this story - Will Poulter as Eustace is an excellent example of this.  He starts as a selfish, boorish brat, who considers his cousins as merely visitors to "his" home.  He treats them like dirt, and demonstrates his feeling of entitlement throughout the first ¾ of the movie.  He experiences a life-changing event that helps him to realize that he is not the only person who counts on the planet.  Georgie Henley as Lucy also ‘comes of age' in this tale.  She has always felt inferior to her sister Susan, and has a chance to change her appearance.  She succumbs to temptation and realizes the dire consequences of her selfishness. 

This comes to the point of this story - temptation... it is dealt with throughout the story.  All of the characters are tempted and must overcome their desires. 

The special effects are phenomenal in this movie.  The Minotaur as well as the character Reepicheep the rat are really well done.  Even I had some bad dreams after the sea serpent attacked the ship! 

The one reservation that I had mentioned earlier has more to do with the story itself that this cinematic creation of it...I found that it felt cut short - the search for the seven swords of the seven lords took the children on a spectacular voyage - up to sword number 4 Swords 5, 6, 7, and 8 were all in the same spot, and it just felt like Lewis was trying to resolve the story quickly.

I really liked this movie, as did all of my kids - they really entered into the fantasy world of Narnia, and enjoyed all the lessons to be learned from this movie.

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