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Okay, now I’m caught up.

Dawn Treader, from what is said, is the most popular of the books of Narnia, but also the trickiest to film, given the episodic nature of the book.  There was no central villain or plot, but rather just the ship going on a cruise, trying to find the various lords of Narnia who fled before Caspian came to power.  The movie adds pieces of plots from other books in the series (the seven swords, the white witch) to flesh out the story.  The Silver Chair is next presumably, but given the early returns from opening weekend, it’s hard to tell if it’ll be filmed.

The movie is a return to the more overt Christian allegory that was largely abandoned in Prince Caspian (which, even if I could have found it, I didn’t really know what it was).  The movie caters more towards the Christian crowd, but one can ignore them for the most part (save for the end, when Aslan not-so-subtly says he’s known as another name in our word) and enjoy the adventure.  It’s still episodic, and on occasion boring, but it’s held together by the seven swords plot.  The special effects are good, especially when considering that the budget got reduced to have this filmed.

Will Poulter gives the best performance in the film as Eustace Scrubb (or a play on “useless”, as Reepicheep calls him at one point).  He’s overly snobby and mathematical, with a sneer present on his face for much of the film (at least until he turns into a dragon).  Of course, it takes turning into a dragon to realize this, so by the end he becomes more accepting of others and less snobby.  He becomes, well, useful.  Though, can anything that big fly for that long without rest (cause the boat seriously travels a long distance, and without wind)?  I’m not sure, and I’m probably just nitpicking here.  Simon Pegg does a good job replacing Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep, maintaining that enamoring adventurousness that he’s known for.  The Pevensie children are fine in their last go round, and Ben Barnes is effective as Caspian, always mulling over whether he’ll be a good king.

So, it’s solid, with fun action and decent special effects.  Just don’t let the preachy-Jesus talk get to you and you’ll be able to enjoy it.

B

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The other Mads Mikkelsen film (in the trailer, he’s the one telling Perseus that he’s not merely a man).  Clearly the first one is better, but I digress.

In fact, I can write this review in less than a hundred words (including the first paragraph).  It’s what you expect.  Exactly (well, just about) the same at the original, now with updated special effects.  Special effects are decent, though somewhat sketchy at times (scorpions and Medusa aren’t good).  Some blathering about choosing your own destiny, you know how that goes.

Rent. Glad I didn’t see it in 3-D.