‘THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER’
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Voyage to the End of the World
‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ is a four-part adventure based on the novel by C.S. Lewis.
This is an enjoyable version of the ‘Dawn Treader’ story by the BBC. The production values are impressive. I liked how they’ve filmed the scenes out on sea with the Dawn Treader and the islands.
The structure of this version of ‘Dawn Treader’ follows more or less what goes on in the book compared to the movie version. It’s more episodic when our heroes voyage on and visit each island.
Lucy and Edmund go to stay with their horrible cousin Eustace in England. They are then swept back into the world of Narnia by going through a painting in the bedroom that is of a Narnian ship at sea.
The three children join King Caspian and Reepicheep the mouse on a quest to find the missing seven Lords of Narnia. They visit islands aboard the Dawn Treader that takes them to the end of the world.
I enjoyed Edmund and Lucy taking a leading role in the ‘Dawn Treader’ story. Although it is sad Peter and Susan aren’t there. I also enjoyed Eustace for the first time in this version of ‘Narnia’ TV series.
Jonathan R. Scott is great as Edmund. He takes on a more kingly role and sometimes challenges Caspian’s authority when he’s king. He scolds Eustace at times whenever he finds an annoying brat.
Sophie Wilcox is good as Lucy. I liked her story when she gets tempted to make herself beautiful like Susan and Aslan challenges her on it. It’s good when Lucy calls Aslan to help them in the Dark Island.
David Thwaites stars as Eustace for the first time. I liked David’s performance as Eustace. He starts of being very annoying and sulky at first. But eventually he becomes nicer later on after being a dragon.
Samuel West (son of Timothy West and Prunella Scales) stars as King Caspian in ‘Dawn Treader’. I liked Samuel’s performance as Caspian, who takes on this quest to search for Narnia’s seven Lords.
Warwick Davis returns as Reepicheep. I like the valiant honour that Warwick puts into Reepicheep and how he seeks for adventure. He’s the one who has faith in the quest when others have doubts.
There’s also John Hallam as Lord Drinian; Guy Fithen as Rhince and Neale McGrath as Rynelf. It was nice to see Preston Lockwood as Coriakin the magician and Geoffrey Bayldon as Ramandu the star.
The scenes with Eustace the Dragon are very impressive. The visual effects and the design of the dragon costume in ‘Dawn Treader’ were of its time. I liked what they did with the flying sequences.
The visits to the islands match the book compared to the movie version. The Dawn Treader to the Lone Islands; Dragon Island; Deathwater Island; Coriakin’s Island; Dark Island and Ramandu’s Island.
The last part of the voyage where they journey to the end of the world was very awe-inspiring. The water becomes sweet; it gets brighter as they get nearer the edge and there are lilies in the ocean.
Aslan appears now and again in ‘Dawn Treader’, as he watches this voyage. I liked it when he frees Eustace from his dragon enchantment and when he stops the fight between Caspian and Edmund.
This version of ‘Dawn Treader’ has been very good to watch. It’s the highlight of the second season of the ‘Narnia’ TV series and I like how much of it follows what’s in the original novel by C.S. Lewis.
‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ (BBC) rating – 8/10
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