I get why it’s so tough to fully adapt the whole Chronicles of Narnia into films.
Sure you can make headway capturing the magic and wonder of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It’s a well-known story with mass appeal and everybody loves Mr. Tumnus.And while it’s nowhere near as popular, Prince Caspian makes for a good, old-fashioned swashbuckling romp.
Do it right and you might have the momentum to try The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
And that usually kills it.
Not that folks haven’t made valiant efforts. It’s just that Dawn Treader is a much slower story – more of a “travelogue” than an adventure on the high seas. The battles, beasts, and betrayals that mark the other two are noticeably absent here, as are two of the original four Pevensie children, and much of the steam built up by the previous two installments.
And that’s a damn shame. Continue reading