The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Fireproof; Prince Caspian; Up; and last Sunday, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  It takes a good movie to get our family to the theater.  And the third Narnia movie was no disappointment.

Although some details obviously had to be added, the producers kept the essentials of the storyline.  The island scenes are condensed somewhat, but the most important things are portrayed.  We were a bit worried that the action would be over-dramatized like in Prince Caspian, but this movie stuck much closer to its respective book.

I love the emphasis on certain relationships, especially between Reepicheep and Eustace. One of the best scenes is when Reepicheep curls up to dragon Eustace and chats with him about killing dragons!  πŸ™‚  Edmund and Lucy’s relationship is so sweet, too–the protective big brother and supportive little sister.

The battle of human nature is portrayed so eloquently.  Lucy desires to be as beautiful as Susan; Edmund longs to be as powerful as his brother Peter was and Caspian now is; and Eustace of course undergoes a drastic transformation from dragon-like selfishness to heroic sacrifice.

One of the best parts was the climactic scene, where the Narnians fight their worst nightmares.  Although straying from the book somewhat, this is where the sea serpent appears. Edmund and Eustace prove to be the ultimate heroes of the movie, facing their worst fears with Aslan-motivated courage.

 My favorite scene is the last.  Aslan is there, and he says my favorite line of the whole story, “In your world you shall know me by a different name.” Oooohhhh, that just gives me goosebumps!  As I sat there in the theater, I thought of jumping up and saying, “Do you know Whose name that IS?”  But I refrained.

I cried numerous times throughout the movie, but I really cried at the end.  Eustace saying goodbye to Reepicheep, Edmund and Lucy leaving Narnia forever…it was just heartbreaking. Poor Dad was surrounded by two tearful women, but I was by far the most emotional, so I got the handkerchief.  πŸ™‚

In my opinion, this movie is most definitely worth going to the theater to see.  It’s a well-done portrayal of an amazing book.  I can hardly wait for The Silver Chair!

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