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Return to the Magic...Return to Narnia
January 25, 2013
December 10 was a date I had eagerly anticipated, as it was the world wide release of "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", the movie based on the C.S. Lewis classic from "The Chronicles of Narina" series. After watching the movie I left the theater thinking the same thing as I did when I read the book for the first time, "What just happened? What is it all about?" After re-reading the book, I went back to see the movie a second time. This time I didn't leave the theater scratching my head because finally it all made sense.
In the world of movie making the job of a director and screenplay writer is to tell a story in a visual format. Screenplay writers Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Michael Petroni and director Michael Apted had a daunting task set before them. Their tale of the Dawn Treader's voyage is a stark contrast to the C.S. Lewis classic. Which in and of itself can be a good thing. In the original works by Lewis there are parts which don't flow together and you begin scratching your head trying to figure out what is going on and where the storyline is going. The screenplay writers bridged the gaps within the storyline. Their onscreen tale gives the story continuity so it flows smoothly on the ultra screen: The beginning where the children are taken into Narnia via a painting in Lucy's room in the Scrubb home. Landing on the Lone Islands with the capture and escape of the children from the slave traders. The evil green mist which has invaded Narnia and seeks to destroy all goodness within the land. Lucy's capture by the Dufflepuds. The Dawn Treader's crew meeting with Coriakin where they learn they must conquer the fears within themselves, so they can conquer the evil which has invaded Narnia. Eustace Scrubb's transformation from a boy into a dragon. The Dawn Treader crew journeying to Dark Island, where they encounter the White Witch for a final confrontation between the forces of good and evil. Eustace's restoration from a dragon to a boy by Aslan. The laying of the seven swords at Aslan's Table. Caspian's choice to accept responsibility and the kindgom his father died for. Reepicheep's journey into Aslan's Country. Aslan's final scene with Lucy and Edmund before they leave Narnia for the final time. The children's exit from Narnia back into Lucy's room at the Scrubb home. How the tale is told at the beginning from the perspective of Lucy and then at the end is finished from Eustace's perspective.
The purpose of actors in a movie is to engage the viewer in the storyline with their performance.
The acting performance by Georgie Henley recaptured the awe and wonder of her performance in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Sadly this is Georgie's last performance as Lucy until her character reappears again in "The Horse and His Boy." Will Poulter( Eustace), Skandar Keyes (Edmund), Tilda Swinton (The White Witch), Ben Barnes (Caspian) and Simon Pegg (Reepicheep) gave outstanding performances in their respective roles.
Special effects are included in a movie to assist/aid in the story telling of the screenplay writers and director.
A considerable amount of thought/effortenergy of making "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" was spent on the focus of special effects. The end result was a "visual feast" set before the viewers which I highly commend.
The spiritual journey of the Christian faith and triumphing over evil is the major theme of "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." The storylines of Lucy struggling with vanity, Edmund facing the temptation of the White Witch, Eustace coming to grips with his greed/arrogance, Caspian accepting responsibility and Reepicheep's hope to see Aslan's country were exceptional. Each character faces a test, which as a result of keeping their eyes on Aslan and fighting the good fight, they emerge victorious.
If there is one thing I could change, it would be to see Andrew Adamson return to the helm as director and screen play writer of the Narnia movies. He is a master storyteller and his presence was greatly missed in the adventure of "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."
Beautiful and excellent packaging! Disc 1 had a wonderful setup and the deleted scenes and director's commentary were very interesting! Disc 2's special features were incredible!!! I LOVE them!! Very interesting and a great value for your money! The animated short was great! The tour of the Dawn Treader ship, the Island Exploration, and the Narnian Discoveries were all very masterfully done and very educational, showing you and telling all about the ship, different people and islands! The sword game was very fun as well!! This 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and its special features are a must buy!