The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

 

Fox Home Entertainment

 

Watch the trailer for this movie on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo1ffSvWPCU

 

Rating: PG

 

Reason for the Rating: Some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.

 

Plot Summary: Edmund and Lucy Pevensie return to Narnia for a high sea adventure with King Caspian and their spoiled cousin, Eustace.

 

PopFam Recommends: As an adult, this is a movie you won't want to miss, and most likely, your children will be wanting to see it, as well. Note though, that this movie is rated PG for "frightening images and sequences of fantasy action." Some younger elementary-aged children may be frightened by some of the action and fight sequences portrayed in the movie.

 

Have you ever seen a picture that reminded you of a treasured memory? Or one that was so beautiful you wished you could step inside? Well, that's exactly what happens to Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy (Georgie Henley), and their pessimistic cousin, Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter). Except, they don't just wish it, it actually happens. Because, as we've learned from the first two Chronicles of Narnia stories, you never know how or when you will be transported to Narnia. This time, it's during an unwilling and unhappy stay with Eustace, that Edmund and Lucy notice a painting of a ship that reminds them of Narnia. While trying to ignore annoying Eustace, Lucy notices the waves seem to be moving, and then water coming out from the frame. The next thing you know, all three are in the middle of an ocean, being rescued by Caspian, who is now King Caspian (Ben Barnes).

 

Being a cynic and generally an "Eeyore," Eustace isn't quite as adaptive to his new surroundings as Lucy and Edmund. He's not happy about being on a ship, and those talking animals just about do him in. He complains about everything, and tries his hardest to make life miserable for everyone, including himself. That is, until he stumbles upon some treasure, and experiences the greatest transformation of his life.

 

It's been three years since the Pevensie children were in Narnia, and all is well in this magical country, leaving Caspian and his crew surprised to see Edmond and Lucy. Caspian is currently on a voyage to the far reaches of Narnia to find seven of his father's friends who have disappeared. Unbeknownst to all, visiting the Lone Islands is where the adventure begins. In visiting the islands they will be tempted by all kinds of evil, face their worst fears, and meet stars, dwarves, and even a dragon.

 

Through it all, Lucy maintains the positive, encouraging spirit we all hope we would have in stressful situations. Eustace, on the other hand, is more like many of us--unhappy with the accommodations and turns away from things that frighten him. While he is certainly the comedic relief of the movie, he is also the character that embodies the change only God can make in our lives.

 

As with the previous Narnia movies, Walden Media has done a fantastic job of capturing the grandeur of these novels. The cinematography is stunning, the CG is amazing, and everything is just as we imagined. As with all book-based movies, there are plot-points that have been changed, but even the most ardent Narnia lover will enjoy this movie.

 

The Blu-ray Disc version of this film is packed with extras. It includes both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the movie, as well as a digital copy for your iPad or other devices. In addition, the package comes with:

 

• “The Untold Adventures of The Dawn Treader” Animated Short

 

• King Caspian’s Guide to the Dawn Treader: Legends and Lore of the Great Ship

 

• 4 Deleted Scenes

 

• 5 Islands Explorations

 

• Narnian Discoveries: Friends and Foes of Narnia (7 featurettes)

 

• 3 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes including Battle on the Sea Sword Game

 

• 4 Fox Movie Channel Presents Behind The Scenes Featurettes, and

 

• Audio Commentary by Director Michael Apted and Producer Mark Johnson

 

Also, you and your family can enjoy fun Narnia-themed games for free at: http://www.narnia.com/games

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Each person on the Dawn Treader is tempted by something...riches, beauty, status. If you were on the ship, what would have been your greatest source of temptation?

 

• Who are you more like, Lucy or Eustace? Explain.

 

• Eustace is changed by his experiences as a dragon, and by his encounter with Aslan. How have you been changed by your encounter with God?

 

--JW

 

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