Having not seen the first two films of the series I felt it was appropriate that I go see the final one…?? Right? Whatever you have seen or not seen of this series it really doesn’t matter. If you have not seen the other two you are not at a disadvantage. The characters are reoccurring, but the stories are stand alone. I was able to follow along, which wasn’t too surprising as the series really is aimed at young people.
Set three years after the previous film, two of the Pevensie kids are living with their aunt and uncle during the war. Besides missing their family Edmund (Skandar Keynes – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and Lucy (Georgie Henley – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) also have to deal with their irritating cousin Eustace (Will Poulter – Son of Rambow).
One day while fighting with Eustace in the room he shares with Edmund, the three young people start looking at a painting on the wall of a ship at sea then all of a sudden the room starts filling up with water. Next thing they know they are on a ship. It is a Narnian ship named the Dawn Treader led by Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes – Stardust, Dorian Gray), who is ecstatic to see the royal siblings, Edmund and Lucy, once again. Eustace is a whole other story.
Caspian is on a voyage looking for his father’s seven advisors and the three youngster, Eustace reluctantly, join in. In their quest to find the seven and collect their swords in order to defeat a mysterious dark force manifesting as a green mist. On this quest they have to do battle against invisible creatures, fire breathing dragons and even their own weaknesses.
Once again this is a film that does not benefit from the use of the 3D. I’m really beginning to wonder if some studios just tack it on in order to get the extra cash or because they feel like they have to because it is the latest gimmick. The 3D in this film does not work because it is a rather dark picture and things tend to get blurry when that is the case. Most scenes in the film do not even have much 3D to them, so it really irritated me. Save some of your money and go to the 2D version.
The special effects and the battle scenes are well done. These are aided by the fact that this is a well shot film. I have to say that the character of Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) is one of the best CGI characters ever created. The climax of the film is exactly that and is fun to watch.
The action is offset well by the humourous scenes involving the annoying Eustace. Because he is a terribly whiny brat when he does get his comeuppance it is rather amusing. His acting and voice overs really brought the film up a notch. Will Poulter’s acting in this role is above average though the two leads are at times weak. Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley turn in spotty performances with plenty of forced emotions throughout the film.
It is a good adventure/fantasy film for the entire family to see together and enjoy. A nice way to pass some of your spare time.