The last Narnia movie was too violent to be an appropriate kids’ movie. And Harry Potter has been getting scarier each year. But it seems director Michael Apted has decided to finally make the Narnia films more age- appropriate. While there is still some violence in “The Voyage,” it felt much more tame and less graphic than the previous films.
The film follows three children as they get sucked into the mythical land of Narnia. They take a sea voyage with the king of Narnia and help him to defeat an evil that threatens the land. This movie took some liberties with the book but most of the changes worked. The hardest part to stomach was the slightly heavy-handed religious message in the film, but it isn’t like the books were secular texts to begin with.
I made the mistake of going to see “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” in 3D. Maybe I am getting old but I just don’t understand why people think this new viewing medium is necessary. The 3D viewing made me leave the theater sick to my stomach, with a splitting headache. To be fair, some of the acting in the film and the mall Chinese food I ate before should probably share some of the blame for my woozy feeling.
In closing – a bit of nautical humor for all the parents who are boating enthusiasts and who had to sit through the egregious sailing inaccuracies in this film. The scene when the wind blew the jib abaft, it’s a good thing they used the Baggywrinkle to batten down the Kevels or the ship could have tacked too hard and then they really would have been turnbuckled.