Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

My daughter and I went to see The Chronicles of Narnia:  Voyage of the Dawn Treader last night.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.

I still remember the first time I read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.  I was 16, and one of my older brothers gave me a paperback copy - which he had marked in a few places so I would get the symbolism.  I was hooked.

The 1988 BBC productions of the first four Narnia novels were okay, but they never really grabbed me.  I was delighted in 2005 to watch The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Walden Media. Just like the first time I read the book, I was hooked. Prince Caspian came along and I was right back in line.

I had read a review of Voyage of the Dawn Treader that seemed a bit discouraging - but then again, they were from "deep" thinkers that felt it was a good film, but diluted the basic theme and message of C.S. Lewis. I wasn't sure what to expect.

What I experienced was a good film that brought closure to parts of the Narnia story and left open doors for the rest.  Did they take artistic liberties?  Yes.  Did I mind?  No.  Just like the first two, which had done the same, I felt it kept the basic storyline and message.

I will say I don't feel like this one stands alone quite as well as the others.  Several of the references might be confusing if you haven't seen the first two movies or read the books.  However, I'd still recommend the movie.

Bottom line?  I enjoyed the film, plan to re-read the whole series, and will buy the DVD when it comes out.

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