Thursday, November 4, 2010
Although I was asked to reign in a full review of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for now, I do have permission to post my initial thoughts and impressions. Overall, I'd give the movie a thumbs up. I liked it better than Prince Caspian (see my review of that film). Dawn Treader is an enjoyable film with fast-paced action and adventure, as well as excellent special effects. Keep in mind that I saw an unfinished version of the film, though it did clock in at about two hours and included the special effects, music, etc.
When it comes to film adaptations of books, there's usually some degree of creative liberties taken by the filmmakers, as is the case with Dawn Treader, but nothing too jarring. Some sequences are in a different order than in the book and a few characters are missing (notably, Ramandu, Governor Gumpas, and Pittencream the bitter sailor). By the way, the sea serpent battle is amazing, but may be a bit too intense for younger viewers (children under 10 or so).
Standount performances include Reepicheep and Eustace, with Tavros a minotaur on the Dawn Treader being a fun minor character with some great lines. I also enjoyed the end credits sequence featuring versions of the original Pauline Baynes illustrations for the Narnia books.
Look for my full review of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader next month! Until then, check out my book The Golden Rules of Narnia, available in Amazon Kindle format for only $4.99.