The Dawn Treader Movie: Give it a Second Chance

I don’t want to say too much right now — I’ve written a piece that I’ve submitted to another blog; if they turn it down I’ll post it here, and if they publish it I’ll post a link. But here’s the gist of what I have to say: I went to see the film adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for the second time yesterday, and I liked it much, much better than the first time around. Indeed, I think the trick is simply to let go of expectations. Yes, the story in the movie is different than the book; and yes, I still say the book is better. But the movie has some treasures of its own. I won’t say more now… but look for a more in-depth post (or a link, if it ends up being off-site).

And so see Dawn Treader! If you’ve seen it once, even if you didn’t like it, give it a second chance. I think it’s worth it.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Christine (Blisschick) Reed

    Yes, letting go of expectations is always a good thing. ;)

    A book is not a movie and a movie is not a book. They are radically different. Case in point: the very first Harry Potter film was written by Rowling, of course, and it was AWFUL. It “read” too directly; here is chapter one and here is chapter two, etc.

    The movies following have been a bit better but they are still too reliant on people having read the books and this should never be the case. A movie is a different beast and should be “readable” by even those who don’t know it’s based on a specific book.

    That said, I thought Dawn Treader was a middling movie, at best.

  • Carl McColman

    Granted, it’s not a great movie. But it’s a good movie. And it’s better than the howls of execration from the Narnia faithful would have you believe.