Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

After a two-year wait, we can finally drool over the trailer for Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Though it has been out less than a week, fans are already dissecting and analyzing it. While it may be unfair to judge a movie based on 2:08 minutes, directors are counting on favorable impressions to attract viewers; so we may assume the clips are an accurate impression of the movie.
Based on the trailer, several issues immediately pop out. Edmund seems to have the same problem as Peter in Prince Caspian--an inability to re-adjust to daily life. Jardis is seen in a ghostly green scene, again mimicing the last movie. And a shot of Peter and Susan seems out of place.
Other issues include the presence of a minotaur on the ship, a flying map, and a glowing girl (presumably Ramandu's daughter.) Also troubling is the absence of any reference to the seven missing lords, who form the reason for the voyage.
I fear that this movie will fall prey to the same errors as Prince Caspian, dispite the replacement of Adamson as director.
I have been looking forward to this movie for a long time. It just seems that Andrew Adamson left too much of a mark on the previous movie for the new director to have the courage to return to accuracy, which made the first film such a success. Narnia is not and never will be LotR. Why can't the director appreciate it for what it is, instead of trying to pander to other fans? While I am a LotR fan, I do not want Narnia to imitate it.


  1. A TRAILER! *spins in chair*

    I'm excited about it, despite the glaring differences. I have a feeling that it won't be quite as bad as "Prince Caspian" (I had major issues with that one- only saw it once). And yet I'm not expecting it to be as good as the first one (which I've seen many, many times). Some of the differences I may even like better than the way it is in the book (unlikely, but still possible).

    I will definitely see it at least once in any case. Thanks for letting me know the trailer was out!

  2. I reread the Narnia series last year. I think I enjoyed it more this time through than the first time when I was in grade school. I waited a couple months before reading the last book because I didn't want the story to end. I've purposely not seen the movies. I can't imagine any adaptation adding anything to the originals.

  3. Hrm, you make a point there when you say that there is no reference to the seven missing Narnian lords. Oh dear. *crosses fingers* Best keep my hopes up! Btw, I agree with you about the directors of Narnia imitating LOTR...that was one of the things that annoyed me about the other Narnia movies.

    Oh yes, and thank you so much for awarding me!! I saw that you did so in the most recent blog post, but I wanted to comment on this one. :) Anyways, thank you!