Based on the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” is a family film for the holiday season. The adventure begins when a painting on the wall casts British teens Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keynes) and their cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) into Narnia, a mythical world of talking animals where Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) rescues them from the sea in the royal ship, the Dawn Treader.
“The eye-popping and entertaining “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” offers a merry seafaring jaunt together with plenty of adventures led by magically empowered kids,” states the New York Post. “Despite all the visual effects, the film’s best aspects are its attention to real-world values . . . teaching kids to mind their personal character and do the right thing.”
A vain Lucy wants to become like her older sister who she considers more beautiful. The White Witch (Tilda Swinton) tempts the greedy and envious Edmund with power and Prince Caspian struggles with fears of not living up to his father’s expectations.
Worse off is Eustace, whose selfishness turns him into a dragon. Eustace learns a lesson in humility as Reepicheep (voiced by Simon Pegg), the soldier mouse, mentors and protects him. Each character learns moral values from Aslan, (voiced by Liam Neeson) the noble lion and Christ-like figure in the Christian-themed fantasy series.
“It was a good movie with a charming philosophy,” says Michael, a native New Yorker, who was born and raised in Queens. “I didn’t find the religious themes overbearing. Many people of all reglions and backgrounds can relate to the story.”
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a wonderful family film highlighting the spirit of Christmas and main reason for the holiday. When Lucy asks if they will see Aslan in their world, Aslan replies, “There I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”