Wednesday, August 8, 2012

grandma's movie reviews - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I love the Chronicles of Narnia and have very much enjoyed the Narnia movies . . . I'm still hoping they go ahead and make the Silver Chair - my favorite Narnia story! Today I'm reviewing the Voyage of the Dawn Treader - the third Narnia story recently made into a movie - it is rated PG for "some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action". I found most of it was not "frightening", but the scenes where the "green mist" "consumes" a boat of people and the end scenes where the sea serpent is fighting Edmund, are intense and could be too frightening for a child.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader  

By - Fox Pictures
Rating - PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action

Favorite Features -

  • return of Edmund, Lucy and Caspian - and a few scenes of Peter and Susan
  • as in previous movies, the music is amazing!
  • wondrous special effects, bright colors and more add to the fun of Narnia!
  • Strong messages give grandparents/parents much to talk about with their grandchildren/children
  • I love how they "showed" the islands and the dragon!
While the directors certainly took some "liberties" with this story and added things you won't find in the original book, overall they stayed with the story and I enjoyed this addition to the Chronicles of Narnia! I especially appreciate the many opportunities it provides for parents to talk with their children about the important messages throughout the move . . . 
  • Edmund, in particular, is having a difficult time with his "real" life not matching up with his life in Narnia. Parents could talk with their children about how there very well may be times in our lives when things aren't going as we want them to, but even in those times the choices we make as to the attitudes we have and the actions we take really do matter.
  • Lucy struggles with wanting to be "beautiful" like her sister, Susan. Parents have a great opportunity to talk with their children about not comparing themselves to anyone else and follow up with Aslan when he told Lucy her siblings would not have found Narnia without her. In the same way, each child has an important role to fill in their own lives. There are people who they will be able to show Jesus to!  This moment in the movie provides parents an incredible opportunity to talk with their children about not comparing themselves to anyone else and to reaffirm how they have an important role to fill in their own lives. There are things only they will be able to do and they truly matter! Share Jeremiah 29:11 with your grandchildren - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
  • Eustace obviously is obnoxious in the beginning of the movie, but by the end of the story he is the one whose life undergoes the most change when he comes face-to-face with Aslan. Our lives also will change when we come face-to-face with Jesus! Show your grandchildren/children II Corinthians 5:17, "17 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new." and talk with them about how there is a change when we turn to Jesus!
  • Throughout the story there are instances where the characters are faced with various temptations and have to overcome those temptations - we can talk with our children and let them know Jesus truly wants to help us overcome our temptations as we can see in I Corinthians 10:13 - "13 You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations."
  • At the end of the movie Lucy asks Aslan if she will ever see Him again. He tells her He is known by a different Name in her world and she must learn to know Him by that Name. Once again, this provides parents with a wonderful opportunity to talk with their children about Jesus and how what they can do to know Him more and more each and every day!
  • And finally, there are those in the story who make good choices and this provides the opportunity for parents to talk with their children about the choices they are facing in their every-day lives, too!
I would have liked it if they didn't add the parts with the White Witch, green mist and the father and daughter who join the voyage as they really were not necessary for the movie to tell us an excellent story, but I am a fan of the Narnia movies and enjoyed this latest addition to the series. Families are sure to enjoy this latest addition to the Chronicle of Narnia movies. 

No comments:

Post a Comment