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Movie Review – Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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I was a big fan of the old BBC TV series based around the Chronicles of Narnia books but, even as a kid, I had that feeling it just wasn’t as awesome as it could have been. So when kiwi film maker Andrew Adamson brought the books to life in a big budget blockbuster a few years back with “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”, I was pretty excited and thought the film was great! The sequel, “Prince Caspian”, which he also directed, was a bit of a step down in awesomeness for me, but after watching it again recently on Blu-ray I have grown to like it more. The box office for that film wasn’t great so a different studio was used to make the next movie in the series, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, and also a new director came on board, which can always be a risky thing. But, despite all that, I was really looking forward to this next instalment.

“Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.”

I saw this film at a press screening in 3D, which I’m not a huge fan of for just any movie, and this film in 3D didn’t really look that great. I’m not sure if that’s because it was turned into 3D after the fact, but it wasn’t what I would say impressive. Also there just seemed to be something missing from the whole thing. Was it because the two older kids from the two previous movies were no longer main characters? Or maybe the other minor changes just put me off, like Eddie Izzard being dropped as the voice of Reepicheep, and Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) using his real English accent rather than the slight foreign accent he used in the last film? Or was it something else? Honestly, I don’t know, but what I do know is this film never once got me hooked and, in fact, I found it boring in many parts, which was hugely disappointing. However, I hope this is just a small bump in the road and that if there are more sequels that they step back up to the quality of the other films.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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