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Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
20th-Nov-2010 10:23 pm
Open Road!
The story I remember: Edmund and Lucy's last visit to Narnia is a charming travelogue lightly spiced with a bit of prophecy during which Eustace grows up.


20th-Nov-2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
I think we're seeing some Executive Meddling at work here.

I'll still go see it. I'm interested in what they preserve from the original and what they change, and how, and why.

Narnia doesn't occupy the Holy Place in my childhood that the Oz books did, or the place in my somewhat older teenhood that the Lensman series or Lord of the Rings did, but in ALL of those I can see a moviemaker NEEDING to make some changes. Especially if they wanted to appeal to a wide enough audience to actually make money on it.

Making the RIGHT changes, now, there's the tricky part.
20th-Nov-2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Probably a fair assessment of what happened. I think it's the glowing sword that I find most egregious about it as it was one trope that Lewis avoided entirely.

Actually now that I think about it: why DID Lewis avoid magic weapons?
20th-Nov-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
I must admit I too thought, it looks very shiny, but I don't remember much of that happening at all.
20th-Nov-2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
It does look watchable (although I'll avoid the 3D if I can) just not as the book.
20th-Nov-2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Oh no!
20th-Nov-2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
I see that you're remembering the same book I am. :)
21st-Nov-2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Also noted in the trailer: Tilda Swinton returning as the White Witch.

Granted that she was fabulous in the first movie, Lewis's villains were usually graceful enough to STAY dead once you nailed them.

Edited at 2010-11-21 00:32 (UTC)
21st-Nov-2010 02:21 am (UTC)
I think the problem is that Narnia is not remotely suitable to motion picture adaptation. Dawntrader is a case in point: it's ridiculously episodic, which would make for a tedious viewing experience.

I liked their Wardrobe adaptation a hell of a lot, but thought Caspian slipped badly into "we want to be Tolkien" territory.
21st-Nov-2010 02:53 am (UTC)
In terms of length the Narnia novels are ideal for adaptation: light on descriptive details and sufficiently short in plot to create a film that contains all of the relevant content without being 3 hours long.

Wardrobe, as you say, nailed it perfectly. I still liked Prince Caspian but the castle raid does look stupid in retrospect. Reepicheep saved it however. :)

You're right about the Tolkien influence (which is ironic given some of Tolkien's criticisms OF Lewis) on the plotting of Prince Caspian.

I think that influence is why Dawn Treader may well sail over the shark, if it doesn't jump it outright. :)
21st-Nov-2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Of course Dawn Treader is episodic: the whole point of the voyage was to collect the plot coupons (the missing lords).

Having said that it will make the adaptation problematic.

Edited at 2010-11-21 02:55 (UTC)
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