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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Mel and I saw The Voyage of the Dawn Treader at the Movie Tavern last night (note to self: Movie Tavern fries, yes yes! Movie Tavern "club wrap with avocado" will not make your stomach happy).
A few quick reactions:

--Casting: Eustace was wonderfully well cast. He was perfectly bratty, a real snot, complete with the self-righteous diary-keeping. I found myself identifying with Edmund & Lucy and others who were irritated by him. I'm not sure why Eddie Izzard isn't doing Reepicheep's voice anymore, but Simon Pegg made a fine replacement.

--The Dufflepuds were just as sycophantic and cowardly as they should be...but I was disappointed not to see their foot-canoeing trick.

--Lucy's "temptation" at the Magician's spell-book was very well done, though slightly changed from the book: I won't say much so as not to spoil it.

--The Dawn Treader was a beautiful ship, and had many of the details Lewis mentions in the book.

--Low points: tempo, tempo, tempo. I understand that the filmmakers had to trim a weeks-long voyage down to 2 hours, but they didn't do a good job of it. We were stampeded from one island or episode to the next, without enough sense of the days and weeks' worth of travel. It felt like a 3 day cruise. Annoying. Also, why did the quest to find the 7 Lords need to become a quest to find the 7 Swords of the 7 Lords? Lewis' version makes it a matter of honor for the young King Caspian; this version just felt like a Plot Coupon.

--Overall grade: B, but worth seeing.

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