I don’t remember how many Narnia films has been out there already but I think this film is the third installment of the franchise. Even if this film had a better production value overall than its predecessors, if it took them three films to bring the franchise to this level, I wished that the franchise would stop here. Otherwise, if Lucy, or any other kids for that matter reprise their roles in the future, I’d rent the DVDs. Or probably not.
In “the Voyage of Dawn Treader,” Lucy and Edmund is back to the Narnia, on the deck of the Dawn Treader. They were reunited with Prince Caspian, now a King and other characters I vaguely remembered from the previous films. The Dawn Treader was on a voyage, oh, the pun, or else the world’s peace as we know it, would fall apart. Wait, no, I’m pushing a bit too far. I can’t remember *the original* purpose of the voyage, but it was something that for me, isn’t entirely plausible by any measurement. Anyway, they were just supposedly had to go to point A and specifically told that should they go there, they should bring B. If they don’t, they might as well don’t go to A. So, they look for B first before going to point A. Well, wrong. They went straight to point A, and no knowledge about B is ever mentioned, questioned, or strategized. It was assumed that B would simply be within the vicinity of A. Oh-kay. And then there you go, adventuring, island-hopping, some good, others not-so-much, action set-pieces, and hopefully, a tear-jerk ending.
The film is a very light fantasy film. A PG fantasy film that never shown violence, blood, gore or whatever passes for ‘safe’ to a PG rating nowadays. It should give you an ample warning. Most PG films are almost aimed squarely for toddlers and this film is by-golly no exception. The only thing I’m able to commend on the film was the surprisingly decent special effects. In the year where special effects on fantasy films are wide ranging from terrible (yes, I was talking to you, Percy, and no, you’re not off the hook, Aang) to decent (plenty of options here. Alice in Wonderland, Prince of Persia, to name a few), this film approaching the positive spectrum of the range. Granted, the director knows about it full well, and decidedly put an extra effort to depict the last battle. If anything, it’s commendable and probably the only good thing about this film and why the film earned my score as the better production value of the franchise.
Character. What character? There’s Lucy and Edmund, largely unchanged from their previous two films. Given that they have grown significantly, it’s far more painful to watch them in this film. Good luck in your career, kids. You’re gonna need it. Caspian is Caspian as Caspian in the Caspian prince. Terrible words play aside, he’s terrible. Kevin Sorbo as Hercules in the TV had a better moments than him. The new kid in the Narnia, merely as a comedic relief and nothing more. And oh, that final scene? My goodness, it’s dragging my feet. Painfully clutching my feet as it dragged me through a sharp gravel stones pathway. I couldn’t help myself but smile when the religious allegories are palpably invading that final scene. Not that I was against it, but the way these actors positioned themselves, awkwardly said whatever they had to say during the final scene is a cringe inducing. But that just me, because the girl besides me, who was watching it alone, I should add, no girlfriends or boyfriend, is sobbing. My goodness, did I miss the memo or something? Figuratively, I had wanted to cry as well, but it was because I had thrown away my hard-earned cash to endure this final scene.
My rating: * / **** – Best of the series. No doubt. But if the Lord of the Rings trilogy is the Sun, and the Harry Potter franchise is somewhere between Venus and Mercury, this franchise would be somewhere between Pluto and the Oort cloud. Long way to go, mate. Loooongggg.