Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) return to Narnia in the 3rd installment of the C.S. Lewis series and this time they have a guest adventurer, their annoying cousin Eustace (Will Poulter). They find themselves on the ship the Dawn Treader where they meet up with, now, King Caspian (Ben Barnes). Narnia had been at peace for the past 3 years until Caspian’s Uncle set his sights on trying to gain power of the Kingdom. To restore peace they must travel the seas in search of the seven swords of the Lords of Telmar. Once all the swords are found and laid on Aslan’s table the land can return to peace.
As in the two prior Narnia films the characters travel beautiful, foreign lands that offer new, lesson learning adventures. With the often humorous interactions between Eustice and a sword wielding, talking rat named Reepicheep the mood, at times, is lighthearted. Throughout their quest to bring Narnia back to peace they encounter obstacles. When they are confronted by weakness or temptation, a green mist appears that is coming from Dark Island where their ultimate fight awaits them to test their courage. The plot of good versus evil and the need to rely on the strength of Aslan (Liam Neeson), is a profound message that is beautifully told. This fantasy genre is well served by including a dragon, sword fights, magic, ghosts, and sea monsters. The movie moved slowly for me at first until the meatier content revealed itself about halfway through. It is a great family film with outwardly spiritual aspects laced throughout the film which is rare these days. C.S. Lewis highlights the opportunities to become greater than we know we can be by choosing to do good, being courageous and following a higher power to triumph over evil in his storytelling.
Motherly Advice: I had most of my filters set to “medium”, except violence, which I set to “low”. I would definitely recommend a “medium” to “high” setting for violence due to the nature of some of the scenes involving evil themes, ghosts and sea monsters, which offered an eerie feeling that may be too mature for children below 10. Even though this movie has some content that may not be suitable for younger children, I feel the topics are very real when it comes to decisions based on good and evil and offers a good forum to discuss it with your children.
Hannah - Wannabe Narnia Adventurer