Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Movie--Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I found the Voyage of the Dawn Treader a delightful movie. It has everything that makes a movie enjoyable. There is suspense and adventure, fantasy and wry humor, heroes, villains and talking animals who seem as real as the human characters. The splendid scenery and majestic music transported us to that magical land of Narnia, where animals talk and mice carry swords and children fight battles.

The excitement and danger of the voyage—the sword fights, the slave traders, the sea monster, the evil green mist that swallows people, the wicked witch—allows no time for boredom to set in. It is one exciting adventure after another as the group voyages on the sea from place to place, encountering strange beings and fantastical islands.

There are lessons to be learned, but they are subtle and woven seamlessly into the story, so that they don't seem like lessons. The human children encounter the age-old temptations of beauty, wealth and power, nearly succumbing before receiving wisdom and help from mighty Aslan, the lion ruler of Narnia.

I highly recommend this movie for all but young children who still have trouble separating truth from fiction, and who will find the spooky and suspenseful or tense and danger filled events frightening. For the rest of the family there is plenty in this movie to entertain and talk about afterward.

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