I was greatly disappointed with the movie version of Prince Caspian, and I feared the treatment of Voyage of the Dawn Treader would be more of the same, playing down the Christian themes in favor of Hollywood blockbuster cliches. I had heard from people who might know that Dawn Treader would go in that direction, despite the disappointing box office performance of Prince Caspian. That movie caused Disney to dump the franchise, but Dawn Treader was picked up by Fox. (The first Narnia movie, by contrast, was both faithful to the original, in its story and its themes, and extremely successful.)
But now the word is that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which opens this weekend, is good! That it keeps the Christianity! Also that it works as fantasy, with spectacular special effects in 3-D no less. So I’m excited.
If you see it this weekend, please post your verdict here.