Return to the magic and wonder of C. S. Lewis' epic world in this third installment of the beloved Chronicles of Narnia fantasy-adventure series. When Lucy and Edmund Pensive, along with their cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia, they join King Caspian and a noble mouse named Reepicheep aboard the magnificent ship The Dawn Treader. The courageous voyagers travel to mysterious islands, confront mystical creatures, and reunite with the Great Lion Aslan and a mission that will determine the fate of Narnia itself!
I enjoy reading the Chronicles of Narnia books. So I was very excited when the first movie, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobewas released. I was not disappointed. It was wonderful. Then, once again, I was happy to see that the second installment was being produced. And now, yet again, a third installment will be available on DVD on April 8th.
Thanks to Fox Home Entertainment and Homeschool.com, my family received a screening copy of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for review. The children were very eager to find a chance to sit down and watch it as a family. (And just a little bit impatient. Hee-hee)
When the big night finally came, we were all so excited. We watched with wonder and were not disappointed. The movie will be a great addition to the series.
My 9 year old mostly enjoyed the movie "as a show". But my 12 year old enjoyed it as an allegory. She loved pointing out all the symbolism that she caught. And I do say, she caught quite a lot. I was surprised that she caught so much of it.
Those who know about the series, know that it is a Christian allegory representing good and evil and that mighty Aslan represents our God and Savior.
I love this aspect of the books and now in the movies. The symbolism, and the life lessons and morals.
The lesson about greed and the downfall of it. The lesson about being happy to be just who we are, without trying to be anybody else. The lesson about temptation and how we must make a personal decision to resist it. The lesson about how important family is and to stand strong and united. The reminder that love and respect can sometimes change the foulest of sorts. The reminder of how much God loves us and is never far from us. The truth that even "small" people can do "big" things. As the old hymn goes, "Little is much when God is in it".
Another thing that impresses me about this movie (as well as the first two) is the amazing graphics. Such detail, so vivid and grand. The boat was absolutely beautiful. Little Reepicheep is so cute! The dragon was gorgeous . . . for a dragon, that is. :) The special effects were nice too. Lucy "transforming" into Susan. The painting's waves moving. It all draws you in for the full experience.
This is a wonderful choice for a family movie and would make a great gift for Easter.