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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

On the same day that I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1, I also watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 3D version with my both my sisters. Overall, I find the movie is nice, and I easily rate it four out of five. There are several scenes that are really suitable to watch in 3D, so I wouldn't say it is a waste to spend the extra few bucks for the 3D version instead of the normal one. Those who are used to read subtitles to understand the conversation will badly missed the subtitles as there is no subtitles for the 3D version, like most 3D movies.

It started with Edmund trying to get into the British force by faking his id, and Lucy is there to blow his cover. Then Lucy and Edmund go back to their cousin Eustace Clarence Scrubb's place, where they are staying while both Peter and Susan are away. Eustace Clarence Scrubb is a rather dour and mean spirited little boy and does not like both Edmund and Lucy, so while they are arguing in Lucy's room, the painting of a ship on the wall comes to life, and the three children fall into the ocean to be rescued by the Dawn Treader - the ship and crew of Prince Caspian, who obviously is now King Caspian.

While Lucy and Edmund are delighted to be back in Narnia, Eustace is less than enthusiastic, and complain like most of the time. Caspian, has undertaken a quest to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia, as he had previously promised to Aslan.

They first make landfall at the Lone Islands, which is nominally Narnian territory, but has fallen into degeneracy--among other things, they participate in in the slave trade. While exploring the Island, Caspian, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace are kidnapped by a group of slave traders to be sold. Caspian and Edmund are brought to the dungeon while Lucy and Eustace are brought to the auction. While inside the dungeon, Caspian and Edmund met with one of the seven Lords, Lord Bern. He told them on what is happening on the island over the years - the sacrifice to the Green Fog (not sure what they name it already). After that, Edmund and Caspian are brought outside for auction, but since they never made it back to the ship, the crew members come looking for them. A fierce fight turn out between the crew members of the Dawn Treader and the slave traders and obviously the Dawn Treader wins the fight. Lord Bern acknowledge Caspian and gave him one of the Seven Swords...stating that Caspian's father would love him to have the sword.

Next, they stop by another island to pursuit the Green Fog and this is where Lucy was kidnapped by a group of creatures that have one leg (what is that call?) to cast a spell so that the unseen will be seen. This is where Caspian, Edmund and Lucy learn about the Seven Swords and what is the Green Fog. Also here they learn that they will be tempted in the pursuit of the Swords - Lucy who desire to be prettier until she wishes she does not exists, Edmund who desire for more power and Eustace who were tempted by the dragon's treasure and later become a dragon...all these which will be happening later in the movie.

Fast forward, they manage to get another 2 of the Seven Swords and continue their journey to the Island of the Star. By now, Eustace has become a dragon and ware of how bad his previous behaviour was, and uses his strength to help make amends by helping the Dawn Treader crew. Soon they reach the Island of the Star where they find another 3 Lords and Swords and gather the swords at the Aslan's table.

At the last island where nightmares become real, is never seen, but this is where they find the last lord, Lord Rhoop and Caspian brings him on board. Suddenly, horrible water monster appear (apparently is Edmund's nightmare) and the crew of the Dawn Treader battle hard against the monster. Eustace as the dragon form also help but then suddenly Lord Rhoop went berserk and throw the Sword at Eustace and Eustace flies back to the Island of the Star where Aslan transform him back to his human form and he gather the last sword with the other 6. Meanwhile the Dawn Treader crew successfully defeat the water monster and the evil is defeated.

Finally the group meet up with Aslan and Aslan show them His Kingdom. Although Caspian wishes to go to Aslan's Kingdom, he knows that he got a lot of work to do in Narnia - as the King of his subjects. Reepicheep seeks the permission from Aslan to go to His Kingdom and Aslan permits him to do so, and so he venture in a small boat through an ocean of flowers until they reach a wall of water that extends into the sky. Aslan tells Lucy, Edmund and Eustace to return to the Earth and that they should learn to know him by another name in their own world. He then sends the children home.

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