Country: United States
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: Georgie Henley (Lucy), Skandar Keynes (Edmund), Will Poulter (Eustace), Ben Barnes (Caspian)
Genre: Fantasy – Adventure
Yesterday, I went to the cinema in order to watch The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I had high expectations on it and I knew it was gonna be great. How mistaken I was. Half an hour of seeing that (there’s no better way to call it) disrespect to C. S. Lewis, and the only thing I wanted to do was to stand up, shout loudly at the screen and get the hell out of there. I’ll tell you why I think this was one of the worst adaptations of a book I’ve ever seen.
I understand that sometimes it is too difficult to turn a whole book into a movie in only two hours. I don’t justify it, because filmmakers should know how to solve this kind of problems. I just understand it. This time, however, I’m unable to see any apparent reason why they decided to change the plot of the story like that. The didn’t only ommit important and beautiful parts of the book, but also added unnecessary new things to it. Just tell me why. Did you think Lewis’ book wasn’t good enough to make it a movie, so you did whatever you wanted with it? Thanks God he’s not alive, or he would have colapsed anyway once he had seen what you did with his masterpiece. The worst thing is those additions could have, at least, made the movie “more interesting” or something. But no, they bored us and made everything look ridiculous and stupid. Narnia has the perfect amount of fantasy, and yet you added that “mysterious green mist” which takes the slaves who cannot be sold to an unkown place… WTF, you must be kidding me. First of all, the mist is so not-well-done, it looks so fake. Moreover, it is ridiculous, I cannot say it in other words. Then there’s the man who looks for his wife (sacrified by the mist) along with his daughter. Those characters were like copied and pasted, with a few forced attempts to connect them to the plot. And the list goes on and on. Having to collect the seven swords of the Lords to destroy the evil forces in the Dark Island? What is this, a videogame?
Apart from this, the personality of some main characters were radically alterred. The Lucy of the movie is so stupidly superficial… I want to be beautiful like Susan? Is she actually saying these words? According to the original story, she finds a spell, in magician Coriakin’s book of incantations, to become the most pretty person of the world. She’s tempted to say it aloud, just a few seconds, and then goes on with what she was doing before. It is not important at all, just a couple of pages in the book. But in the movie, oh, Lucy is dying to become Susan, because you know, she is so incredibly beautiful. Come on, guys. Her brother Edmund, by the way, seems to be in the beginning of the series, since he still wants to join the White Witch. There is no such thing in the book, because Edmund is so over her! Really, what did you want to do?
To sum up, I’m gonna say The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a huge dissapointment to all of us fans of the books. It doesn’t follow the order of events, it ommits essencial aspects of the storyline, it makes pointless additions to it, and the characters are totally changed. In conclusion, this movie isn’t for those who have read Narnia, we’re sure of that. So, does it appeal to those who haven’t? Probably not, since it is sometimes too ridiculous and boring and the special effects are quite bad. Maybe the children, right? They don’t mind about those things. But although the movie is sometimes very Alice in Wonderland-like, or Pirates of the Caribbean-like, it is also very dark for moments, so a big part of the younger audience may get scared. To say it in other words, the movie is a disaster and I don’t think it will appeal many people.
I know this review is extremely pesimistic, but it’s what I feel, you know. I love The Chronicles of Narnia and I hoped this movie would make everything real. That awesome feeling you get when reading the books, that ineffable peacefulness you get when Aslan appears and wonderful places are discovered. I thought it would be great to see that, along with the sound of the music, I imagined the whole atmosphere. But all of that did not happen, and I was completely disappointed.
Now I am more convinced than ever that the best movie is always the one you build in your mind. ☼
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– Written by GuadiRC –