Saturday, March 5, 2011

'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader': Movie vs. Book

A reader of The Chronicles of Narnia books, I thought the film was fairly good and similar to the book.

The plot opens with Edmund and Lucy east of the Atlantic, while the rest of their family is in America. They are waiting to join the other Pevensies, but are prevented by the war (World War II). Edmund and Lucy are staying with their uncle, but they feel their welcome is wearing out, especially with their know-it-all cousin, Eustace.

Eustace Scrubb

While disappointed at receiving news that they will have to remain at their uncle’s a while longer, they are rescued by a painting that takes them to Narnia. They are relieved to be away from most of their troubles, but Eustace has unintentionally joined them and they must take the “wet blanket” along on their adventures.

The Pevensies are not sure why they have been called to Narnia, but they tag along on King Caspian’s voyage to visit the farthest points of his kingdom and seek out some of his father’s lords.

Eustace, Edmund, Lucy, Caspian

The first island they come to is no longer loyal to Caspian, but a mysterious green mist. They have turned to kidnapping and slavery to satisfy the mist and keep it at bay.

While there, they discover one of the men that Caspian is searching for. The lord gives Caspian a sword and sends him to find six other matching swords.

On their next stop, they learn that placing all seven swords at Aslan’s table will stop the evil mist. Caspian, Edmund, Lucy, and the crew make it their mission to defeat the green mist and travel toward the east.

The Dawn Treader

They face struggles and temptations throughout their journey, but Aslan helps them through their trifles and teaches them all something new. He also gives them people to help them succeed in overcoming the green mist.


Rejoicing at their victory is halted when Edmund and Lucy realize that they will not be returning to Narnia. Eustace, however, will have more adventures there.

The movie, as well as the book, is very fantastical, but also Biblical. This book was written by C.S. Lewis to aide people facing sin and temptation.

The Book

Will Poulter, the actor who played Eustace, was phenomenal. That being said, some of the actors were cheesy, and the style was different, but overall I thought it was entertaining. 

While the movie was comparable to the book, I had a hard time with the fact that the movies are in a different order than the books. 3.5 out of 5.

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