Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The folly of trying to squeeze a blockbuster out of Dawn Treader

"The more pressing issue for director Michael Apted (of the acclaimed Up series, new to Narnia), is how to squeeze a blockbuster out of Dawn Treader, a tale in which Lewis is at his most Oxford donnish. The first two Narnia books narrate mortal struggles of good versus evil. The third is the story of a poky pilgrimage, infused with elements of The Faerie Queene and the King James Bible. I wish I could say the movie has risen to the challenge. Alas, its attempts to overcome the story's episodic nature are clumsy, its effects only intermittently special..." From John Swansburg's "Duffledud: The new Narnia movie doesn't revive the magical franchise"

Further Reading

C.S. Lewis' Delight in Hierarchy 

Review of Dawn Treader Movie

Esther Phillips' Review of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe movie

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