I saw the latest Narnia movie "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (which happens to be my favoritetist Narnia book) on the Weekend it came out. Here are some of my thoughts on it.
First off, anyone who says they did not stay within the story line is lying. They stayed as close to it as any movie makers have ever stayed. The only things they took away, were the excess amount of islands. Instead, they merely combined them. Dragon Island and the Cursed Island became one. They did it masterfully, by combining the islands, they made basically everything necessary from the book capapble of fitting into a limited amount of time. Sadly, the dufflepods, though in it and showing the same characteristics as in the book (Ya know, the quirky, gullible little dwarf-like creatures) were given a smaller part then I had anticipated.
Lucy's character seemed to be changed quite significantly, and not in a good way. I understand they wanted to make girls more sure of themselves because every girl goes through it, but we have enough movies like that, and to fill the majority of the movie up with her moping about her looks was kind of bpring by the end. She showed a subtle whininess which I did not grow fond of, and it seemed as though her character was changed by the writers to add "Useless drama," Just like the whole Susan Caspian thing in Prince Caspian. Edmund too was changed significantly. IN his first trip to Narnia, he was humbled significantly, and came deeply into the understanding of the power of Aslan and was healed, no going back. In this, they gave him the sam, power hungry, attitude as Peter did in Caspian. It really annoyed me that, not only did they ruin Peter's character in the previous one, but that they then decided to do the same exact thing to Edmund. One spoiled Pevensie character was enough to spoil, but they had to go ahead with the useless drama thing, and spoil the other's.
Eustace on the other hand was wonderful. I was very skeptical when I remembered he was in it, due to the fact he was very whiny in the books, but he made the character even less whiny then Lucy. HIs humor was not dry, and he was simply annoying in his own, sarcastic, way. He presented the character perfectly, and I am very happy he did. Now I can look at the book version of Eustace with the same lgiht-heartedness as he portrayed in the movie. And in the end, you really do find pity and love for him. He alone makes the Silver Chair a very excitable wait.
One unnecessary character, was Lucy's "Protege"(i.e. an unessessary stowaway, again added for useless drama.) It was not the actresses fault, it was the writer's lack of confidence in the original characters. She literally had no reason to be there. Oh sure, they gave her a lame reason, but she did nothing and was basically just extra luggage and should have been thrown overboard.
Caspian did a very good job as well, keeping with his old character, but maturing it into the adult he had become. But, he was forced to stop the Inigo Montoya accent and ertain an old English one. I am not complaining, but I found it rather laughable at how much his accent had changed and made me have trouble concentrating on what he said.
Reepicheep's voice was changed significantly.
I wish to note, that this had plays no fault to the actors' parts, it had to do with the writing, and directors and such.
I also think the way they did the Land of Nightmares. I never would have thought when reading the book, that Edmund's nightmare would be the White Witch. It sent goosebumps up my arm when she first appeared. The only thing with this, was that the White Witch appeared exactly one too many times. One time less and that part would have been played perfectly, but they had to add her in again, so I was forced to think "Again? Now the eeriness has worn off." Other than that, it was perfect. Also, the sea monster was EXTREMELY more lifelike and seven and a half times scarier tha n in the book, so be wary.
Another downside is the change of composers. Harry Gregson Williams did a masterful job at composing the first two. David Arnold, though a good composer, gave the usually inspiring Narnia music an eerie glow that seemed a bit too much like Batman.
The ending seemed too rushed to me. Reepicheep was gone, and suddenly, they were all in tears because they were back home. Also, throughout the movie, Eustace narrated with his little "logbook", which was fine, if they didn't have him narrate the ending. I thought, "Really? They thought I couldn't figure that out? They don't have to explain every little detail of what's going on."
All in all, I would give it a 7/10. If they hadn't made those unnecassary changes, the movie would have made an easy ten. The Graphics were wonderful, and the wirters never lost their touch with the humor. Little wordplays would have me cracking up quite easily, and I had fun watching it. Yo can tell they really did put thought into it and I recommend it to everyone over ten years old.