No fear! No retreat! ~Reepicheep.
This was the Narnia movie we most wanted to see. It was shot in Queensland just up the bay from us & at Star's insistence we watched the construction of the Dawn Treader & some of the shooting.
That's as close as we got, folks ~ much to Star's chagrin.
It is, perhaps, my favourite of the Narnia books along with The Last Battle. Always a little dicey when someone decides to meddle with a favourite book & a character like Eustace Scrubb ~ who almost deserved it! It came out here just before the Christmas holidays began but of course December was a mad, mad month for us so I put off going to see it thinking, why wouldn't I?, that it would be around for most of the holidays but of course, when I finally got around to it, it had outworn its welcome & was no longer available at either of the local cinemas. Hmph!
Anyway the garage finally rang to say they'd fixed the car [spark plugs, leads, rotor thingy, carburetter ~ no idea about any of it but a good thing they looked under the hood by the sound of things.] Now if I absolutely have to go to the mainland I may as well make it worthwhile so I trolled through the cinema listings & found an accessible one still showing Dawn Treader ~ one session only & it was early. Star so loves it when I do this to her! And Liddy; Liddy who arrived home from Melbourne the night before & is still over~tired, under~hydrated & grouchy but who wanted to come.
Yes ladies, we enjoyed it very much. Will Poulter as Eustace was a brilliant choice. He was beautifully obnoxious & very believable. Which reminds me that one of the reasons I like this book so much is that the 3 remaining characters are the strongest. Susan was always rather insipid, Peter stereotypical but Edmund has depth & Lucy is nicely 3~D.
Great special effects. It does also remain a children's movie. The potential for exploring darker themes [to overcome the mist each individual must overcome the darkness within] is there but never really gets explored in the way the Harry Potter movies gradually became darker as time went on. From an adult viewpoint this is, perhaps, unfortunate; the movie lacks quite a bit of depth because of it. However I don't think a children's movie needs to go all Conradish & explore the depths of the Heart of Darkness. Probably not a good idea at all.
Star would like to star in one of these but somehow I think her chances are slim. They really have done a great job with these books & Liam Neeson as Aslan's voice is to die for. Yes? *swoon* Oh, & the car is running beautifully.