Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Michael Apted (Amazing Grace)

Starring:

Ben Barnes as King Caspian; Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie; Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie; Will Poulter as Eustace Clarence Scrubb; Liam Neeson as Aslan

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

For Lucy and Edmund, trips to Narnia have become all too familiar, so when one of Aunt and Uncle Scrubb's paintings suddenly starts flooding the spare bedroom with seawater, the Pevensie siblings know better than to freak out. On the other hand, their cousin Eustace Clarence Scrubb, for whom Narnia was just an imaginary land, panics. 

As soon as the three get plucked onto King Caspian’s ship, Dawn Treader, Master Scrubb sets to complaining about the accommodations and annoying everyone on board. But even Eustace--especially Eustace--discontent and snotty as he is, has a place in Aslan's plan. And that plan will set sail even if Eustace has to be dragged aboard by his sopping wet hair.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of high adventure: Caspian and crew must find the source of an evil green mist and dispel it with the help of seven magical swords. Lucy must conquer her jealousy and her self-image insecurities. Edmund, finally free from the shadow of his older brother, Peter, finds he must submit to a new authority in Caspian. Everyone brings aboard their own sets of bad qualities and, rather than accept them, our heroes and heroines are encouraged to overcome them.

There are many swordfights, and a pretty scary sea serpent that attacks the Dawn Treader, which may frighten a younger child. Overall, there are too many positives in this movie to mention them all. The film is very fun—a cinematic adventure that keeps the spirit and humor of C.S. Lewis' original treasure. As such, it is without question the best movie of the series so far.

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