Director Michael Apted, known for the Up documentary series and, more recently, the William Wilberforce story Amazing Grace, does surprisingly well orchestrating the several fight scenes and special effects sequences generously sprinkled through Dawn Treader. If there's any concern with Dawn Treader, it's the film's vivid finale featuring a sea serpent. Young children may be terrified by the creature, especially if they view the film in 3D. On the other hand, the intensity of the sea serpent's attack will win over older children and teens who might be inclined to dismiss this Narnia installment as mere kids' play.

All things considered, director Apted has made a worthy addition to these "chronicles." Let's hope the next film in the series builds on the strengths of this one.

CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity:  "Shut up."

  • Alcohol/Drugs:  None.

  • Sex/Nudity:  None.

  • Violence/Crime:  A spitball; "Please let me hit him!" one character implores another, who responds "No"; a wish that Eustace could be thrown off the ship after he's been rescued; a boy is struck in the face; an ominous green mist threatens The Dawn Treader and its crew; a man is pushed over a high ledge; swords and knives are drawn, used in fights; a threat of being sold to the slave trades; a human skull; a fire-breathing dragon appears to attack The Dawn Treader; a frightening sea serpent attack on The Dawn Treader and its crew.

  • Religion/Morals:  Discussion of Aslan's country; Reepicheep says, "We have nothing if not belief"; the reading of a book of incantations is said to make the unseen seen; an evil is said to lurk on Dark Island; those aboard The Dawn Treader are warned that evil will come to tempt them; to defeat the darkness outside of them, the heroes are told that they must defeat the darkness within themselves; the White Witch tempts Edmund to come away with her; the seven lost lords have been put under a spell; Caspian rallies the crew by saying, "Think of the lost souls we're here to save. Think of Aslan"; a cry to Aslan for help; Aslan tells the children that he has another name in their world, and they must learn to know him by it.


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