Having grown up with The Chronicles Of Narnia
, I was excited about The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
movie. Like many people I know, it was my favorite book in the series. I loved each of the unique islands and the adventures that happened on the high seas, and having recently seen the new movie, I would venture the opinion that the changes made were for the better. When I went back and looked at the original book, it struck me that it did not have much potential in making a good movie.
In the book, aside from the quest to find the seven lords, there was little overarching story to it. Each of the islands were just happened upon as the Dawn Treader sailed east and were all completely distinct and disjointed
, having almost nothing to do with the each other. There was no urgency to their quest or a real reason for the Pevensies to be there.
I think that the new movie did an amazing job of tying all the book's diverse elements together into a coherent, linear story. By adding the mysterious mist, not only did the movie give the Pevensies a purpose, it provided a driving force for the plot and connected all the misfortunes that befell the characters, as well as the seven lords' original quest into the east.
I will admit that parts of the movie felt a bit rushed, but considering how much occurred in the book, I think that is Justified
. I was disappointed at the lack of time spent in the Lone Isles. Caspian literally slicing the Isles' Obstructive Bureaucracy
in half was always my favorite part of the book, but, again, given how little it contributed to the plot, I am willing to overlook it.
I think my favorite addition to the story was the friendship between Reepicheep and Eustace. In the book, Reepicheep was given very little page-time and came off as very flat, and Eustace instantly became a better person when Aslan broke his dragon curse. In the movie, Reepicheep was given a fuller character by taking Eustace under his wing
and being the voice of courage Eustace needed in the final battle. This made Eustace's Character Development
much more realistic, and the goodbye at the world's end much more poignant.
In short, if you're expecting an incredibly faithful adaptation, be forewarned. The movie does indeed tell a great story, just not the one you may be expecting.