*Although I had seen scenes at a preview earlier this year for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and was looking forward to the film, I was quite taken by surprise that it was even better than I thought.
Far surpassing its two predecessors, this “Chronicles of Narnia” had non-stop action and stunning special effects.
Just as interesting is the fact that in the scene where one of the main characters was being auctioned off, there were Blacks in the crowd and not on the auction block. AND, there was a Black archer among the multi-cultural core of archers who rescued the royal family from the evildoers of Narnia.
The man behind the helming of “Narnia” director Michael Apted says the feat was not without challenges. “I wanted to make sure we continued with what we started with in the first two films, the spirit, the magic and the real awe inspiration of the franchise but tell a completely different story,” he explained. “So it was a combination of staying true to something and also being as original as possible.
A challenge of sorts also was taking the reigns of a so-called “unsuccessful” follow-up film. “It’s easy to say that ‘Prince Caspian’ wasn’t successful. It was very successful,” Apted refuted. “Also, it was a hard book. It was a much darker book and ‘The Dawn Treader’ is more fun. It has more humor, a bit more color, a bit more magic to it. But what attracted me to it is something that I’ve always sort of wanted to do is do an epic film which has a very intimate center to it because there was a lot technology at my fingertips. The big challenge was to make sure that the technology didn’t overwhelm the underlining emotion of the film.”
In addition to the thrills and chills of the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” there are subtle lessons for the insecure and those lacking conviction. “I wanted to make Lucy was as accessible and as relatable as she could possibly be to young girls who were facing the same issues that she was going through with insecurities,” Georgie Henley says of her character. Ben Barnes admitted he could play “villains and creeps” but took pride in his role in Narnia as Prince Caspian. “I thought he was amazing…I think they have a lot of beautiful messages to these films about growing up. Caspian is more comfortable in his skin and he’s made more interesting having a chip on his shoulder about not having had a sort of strong male role figure in his life.”
With this being the last film in the series, there were some sad times on the set Liam Neeson, who is the Great Lion Aslan that is representative of a Christ like figure, admits. He also says that although he was in the movie, it was still very moving for him. “I shared a tear the other night and I was told the queen [Queen Elizabeth] shared a few tears also