In a very unique match-up, watch a rodent take on a dragon. But that’s hardly the reason why you should watch the third installment of the magical, mystical Narnia franchise where the Pevensie siblings -Lucy and Edmund- with their cousin Eustace join King Caspian (formerly Prince) aboard the majestic ship The Dawn Treader. It’s a cute and imaginative film with the archaic formula of plot and characters championing over special effects that many Hollywood blockbusters get carried away with so often these days.
Based on C.S. Lewis’s Narnia novels from the 1950s, the story opens in 1943 wartime England where Lucy, Edmund and their annoying cousin Eustace stumble upon a painting of the sailing vessel The Dawn Treader. They are joined by humans, mythical beasts and the valiant mouse, Reepicheep. In case you were wondering, their older siblings have matured and are no longer allowed to enter Narnia. Eustace is disruptive and obnoxious but after a transformational journey eventually emerges as a hero. He shares a special friendship with Reepicheep who is definitely the heart and soul of the film.
With fire-breathing dragons, choppy seas, sea-monsters and green mists that gobble up whole ships and creatures of weird forms and even weirder powers, fantasy is exploited at its best. Tilda Swinton returns as the White Witch while Lucy desires to be the beauty that her sister is. Some dialogues state the obvious and at times the film rushes forward. Overall there is decent action, impressive 3D visuals, spectacular locales (New Zealand at it best) and childish innocence that will ring well with its fans. The emotional end might have the young ones shed a tear or two.