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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

By Patrick Samuel • April 20th, 2011
Static Mass Rating: 4/5
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (DVD)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 

Release date: April 18th 2011
Certificate (UK): PG
Running time: 112 mins

Director: Michael Apted

Cast: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter, Liam Neeson, Simon Pegg, Tilda Swinton

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We live in an age where stories seldom stay on the pages they’re printed on. They’re adapted for big screen presentations.

Films like Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Twilight (2008) all began as books, once upon a time, so why not The Chronicles of Narnia?

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

As an avid fan of the adventures of the Pevensie children, I was more than excited to see it come to life. In 2005, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was released, followed by Prince Caspian in 2008 but rather than bringing the land of Narnia to life, they seemed more like an attempt to recreate the success of those afore mentioned adaptations and I didn’t enjoy them as much as I thought I would.

With a change in director and studio, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third in the seven-book series by C.S. Lewis, I’m glad to say, really comes to life.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The story picks up with Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) living with their aunt and uncle and their annoying cousin, Eustace Scrubbs (Will Poulter). While fighting with him, they end up in Narnia after being sucked into a painting. King Caspian (Ben Barnes) plucks them from the ocean and invites them on board where they learn of a great evil rising from the Dark Island.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

They set sail on the Dawn Treader with King Caspian and their old friend Reepicheep (Simon Pegg) on a mission to locate 7 magical swords that once belonged to the ancient lords. The swords can then be used to break the spell and stop the evil form spreading, but only if they can resist the temptations of the dark side…

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • “Someone Wake Me Up” music video by Joe McElderry
  • “Stand Up” music video by Stan Walker
  • “There’s A Place For Us” music video by EMD
  • Deleted scenes
  • Commentary by director Michael Apted and producer Mark Johnson

There’s a constant sense of adventure and danger in The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. From start to finish, the characters are always on the move and it’s great to watch them develop along the way, especially Eustace.

There’s a prevailing theme of growing up and leaving childhood behind and by its tearful end, it paves the way for Eustace to carry on the adventures in what we hope will be the next film, The Silver Chair.

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel

The founder of Static Mass Emporium and one of its Editors in Chief is an emerging artist with a philosophy degree, working primarily with pastels and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, acrylics, glass and oil paints.

Being on the autistic spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, he is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick's work extends to sound and video, and when not drawing or painting, he can be found working on projects he shares online with his followers.

Patrick returned to drawing and painting after a prolonged break in December 2016 as part of his daily art therapy, and is now making the transition to being a full-time artist. As a spokesperson for autism awareness, he also gives talks and presentations on the benefits of creative therapy.

Static Mass is where he lives his passion for film and writing about it. A fan of film classics, documentaries and science fiction, Patrick prefers films with an impeccable way of storytelling that reflect on the human condition.

Patrick Samuel ¦ Asperger Artist

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