TV Times

Return to Narnia

Based on C. S. Lewis’ world renowned children’s story, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader’, movie will be released from December 23 at the Liberty cinema, Colombo.
Directed by Michael Apted, this family fantasy takes us back to the magic and wonder of C.S. Lewis’ beloved world -- via the fantastic Narnian ship, the Dawn Trader.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third film in Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia film series. Michael Apted takes over as director from Andrew Adamson, who opted to produce with Mark Johnson, Perry Moore and Douglas Gresham. Will Poulter joins the cast as Eustace Scrubb, while Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Peter Dinklage, and Liam Neeson are all returning.
This time around – Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb – find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.

The story centres around Edmund and Lucy returning to Narnia this time with their whiny cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian, now King Caspian, onboard the Narnia ship the Dawn Treader. With years of peace enjoyed in Narnia, they are unsure why they are there but soon find themselves on an adventure to battle a mysterious force that threatened Narnia where they face slaves, dragons, temptation, serpents, and learn to become greater than they ever thought they could be.

The movie follows the plot of the book very well expanding in order to make it flow as a proper story. The additions are perfectly plausible and make the story more cohesive and unlike the changes in Prince Caspian, improve the story. Flowing along quickly, this is by far the shortest in runtime of the series yet also the most powerful and magical, it starts well and ends on such a high emotional note that there are few that will escape unaffected from any screening.

Arguably, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the novel which shows the most influence from Lewis’ Irish background. It is reminiscent of the Immram genre of Irish literature. However, unlike such voyages, The Dawn Treader travels East, rather than West. It was suggested that the Odyssey was an inspiration for it as well. It might also symbolize Paul’s journey in the Bible.

Overall, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a powerful entry in the fantasy genre, a great movie for the entire family and is made by 20th Century Fox and Walden Media.

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