Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Apples to Oranges
For our final blog installment about the Chronicles of Narnia series, this month we are discussing the 3rd Disney movie, the Voyage of the Dawn Treader to its novel counterpart, which is possibly the 4th book in the series (although the reading order of this series is a hot topic amongst Narnia fans).
I believe one of the major themes of this story is Lost and Found. Externally, Prince Caspian is on a quest to find seven men who are physically lost to return them home. Internally, cousin Eustace Scrubb transforms from a struggling youth into a brave hero. Plus, half of the Pevensie siblings, Lucy and Edmund, return to Narnia for more adventures.
Which version did I enjoy best? Drum Roll Please…. The Book!
With the power of Disney, the movie enhanced many parts of the story on the big screen, including finding creative ways to incorporate Peter and Susan but what I loved most about the Dawn Treader was the evolution of Eustace from the black sheep of the Pevensie family to an actual dragon as he discovered his true self. The actor Will Poulter did an amazing job portraying both the annoying young cousin who Edmund and Lucy tried to avoid at all costs to a caring boy who braved danger to help unite all the swords during the final battle. However there was more impact on Edmund’s story in the book because there were huge sections dedicated to his character arc and his struggle being a dragon was heart wrenching on the pages.
Disney always does a great job but in one aspect, I think the movie painted itself into a corner. The problem with starting a flirtation between Susan and Prince Caspian in the previous movie is that you want to see the continuation of their relationship. This might explain my reaction to the introduction of Lilliandil, Caspian future wife and mother of his child. This lady actually illuminated as a star but my gut told me that she didn’t shine as bright as Susan.
Instead of a romance, there was a significant bro-mance between Eustace and Reepicheep as they went from bitter enemies to compadres sharing tearful goodbyes. For me, the only point of Prince Caspian’s quest was for an excuse to have Eustace and Reepicheep trapped on a boat where they had to deal with each other’s issues. It would not have bothered me if this book’s title was changed to the Chronicles of the Dragon and the Mouse.
A few days ago, I wrote my last sentence to say “this concludes my blog post series on the Chronicles of Narnia”. But here is news hot off the press! Check out this link! It appears that after 6 years, Hollywood is going to continue the Chronicles of Narnia series. The next installment, the Silver Chair, has received the green light to begin production. I happily look forward to writing a future Apples vs Oranges blog post about Eustace’s return trip to Narnia. My only regret is that Will Poulter has aged out of the chance to reprise his role.
In the meantime, since the recent release of JK Rowling’s new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I am feeling nostalgic for Hogwarts and I would like to continue the series by discussing the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets versus the 1998 Warner Brother motion picture. Which did you enjoy best?
Columnist: Jessie lives in Oregon and writes to avoid the rain. She only feels compelled to kill her characters when she starts a new diet and if she hates the ending of a TV episode she’ll rewrite it to give everyone a happily ever after. Currently Jessie is an unpublished author but she works tirelessly to removed two letters – un – from that word.
Column book and movie tape drawn by Evangeline Owen
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