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FILM – The Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on December 5, 2010 | No Comments

FILM – The Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
PRODUCER –   Andrew Adamson, Mark Johnson, Philip Steuer
DIRECTOR – Michael Apted
WRITER – CS Lewis (Book), Christopher Marcus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni
CAST – Skander Keynes, Georgie Henley, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter
MUSIC – David Arnold

The Chronicles of Narnia continue and this time it is a journey in search of seven lost ministers and the swords they protect on the mighty ship Dawn Treader. The laying down of the swords at Aslan’s table will break the evil spell that continues to spread across the high seas surrounding Narnia and its islands.

Prince Caspian is on this brave mission when Lucy, Edmund (the youngest of the Pevensy children) and their pesky cousin Eustace find themselves swept off their world into the one they have loved, fought for and ruled for years. C.S. Lewis’ book ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ on which the film is a lucky book as once again the makers of Narnia have managed to maintain the authenticity and charm of the fairy-tale world that Lewis so pain-stakingly created.

‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ is really the only book in the Chronicles where the war and balance of good and evil is itself a coming-of-age journey for all involved. There are no moral lessons anymore, morals are black and white and adulthood needs deeper understanding for character-building. It is about the choices you make and the fears you face that go to develop you into the person you are. It is this journey that Lucy, Edmund, Caspian and Eustace are on. Admittedly, hence, the elder Pevensies can no longer enter Narnia as they have crossed into adulthood and Narnia no longer has lessons for them.

Beautifully rendered with careful depth, this fairy tale creates an authentic world of itself. Be it vignettes of the slave island or Eustace’s greed or Edmund’s fears or Lucy’s tryst with her choices, the voyage is eventful and each event brings out another layer in the story which the film portrays faithfully. The touching end where Aslan bids farewell to the group at the door-step of his world and invites Reepicheep (the absolutely loveable mouse-warrior) to enter it, is a subtle epilogue to this eventful journey of the Dawn Treader and the Pevensies as well as a fitting prologue to Eustace’s journey as detailed by the book. The sense of finality is almost as sad as it was in the book where it almost makes the reader feel he has grown up to that age where he cannot enter Narnia anymore.

The film is a triumph in many ways; its tone, its story, its pace and the creation of a credibly incredible world. However, minor glitches abound, like a seeming lack of involvement in their characters of Lucy and Edmund, the lack of enchantment in the visuals and the quality of sound production.

But at the end of the day it is a faithful and delightful experience of having visited Narnia again, hugged Aslan again, won the fight for good again and found yourself again. Too bad one has to grow up.

Fatema H. Kagalwala

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