The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
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I watched Prince Caspian and Dawn Treader for the first time and back to back. Prince Caspian was what I expected, long and not very heavy on story, but I liked Dawn Treader because it didn’t seem like it was just pumped out there to make money, it had some heart.
On the other hand, I thought it was all good fun until the God-awful final scenes about Aslan's Country or whatever. Ugh.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the 2000s are going to be known for their impossibly long movie titles, aren't they?) is the third and probably final Narnia adaptations to make it to the big screen, and its structure is sadly one that turned me off fantasy fiction when I got out of high school, i.e. incidents strung along a narrative like connected short stories, glorified random encounters as you head towards an eventual plot-related finale. That's the book, and the film makers do their best to tighten it up, but to no avail. The first film had the perfect mix of magical wonder and epic battle scenes. The second replaced wonder with battle scenes almost exclusively. The third goes for magical wonder, but very little fighting. So magic/CG stuff happens for an hour and a half, whatever. But then the last half hour arrives, with its cool sea monster, great big battle, redemption for the new cast member Eustace, and a touching farewell to some of the characters and all is forgiven. They say it's the journey, not the destination. In Narnia 3's case, it's the opposite.
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