At least that is what C.S. Lewis’ Aslan says. I just saw Voyage of the Dawn Treader and I am disapointed, but not dispondant. I understand they felt like the plot had to be changed to make the movie epic. I can deal with the seven swords. What I don’t get is the invention of the stupid (insert expletive of choice) green mist. Seriously? LOST’s smoke monster was cast as the villian of Narnia? I guess a quest is not enough these days for a movie. Maybe I am just getting old, or at least old fashioned.
So first good things. I loved Eustace. Eustace is one of my favorite characters of Narnia. He is so unloveable. Annoying. You wish someone would eat him. Then he has his moment, where he realizes what is what. I also loved how they portrayed the relationship of Eustace and Reepicheep, it was real, meaningful and key to Eustace’s growth as a human being. I also loved the imagery, the characters were perfect. The End of the World was just how I saw it in my head. The feelings were real. The ship was exactly how I imagined.
What I could have done without: the green mist; the little random girl that lost her mom to the green mist (no green mist, no little girl) and finally the obvious overtones and preechyness (“You will all be tempted”). Really? REALLY?
I wish they had spent more effort on the magician’s house (who was a star but that isn’t dealt with), the wonders of the book and with the daughter of Ramandu. She isn’t a star but the daughter of a star. It seems that there was more “cheap” magic but I can get over it.
These books can stand on their own. There does not need to be some Goofus and Gallant overtone of morality. There are so many layers of the story it can “age” with you. I worry that my favorite book “The Magician’s Nephew” will either not be made, or it will just hurt my soul.