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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.

The trailer for the movie seen on TV: AN EPIC QUEST TO SAVE NARNIA! WITH A GLOWING MAGIC SWORD! In DIGITAL 3D!

Oh...dear.
Comments 
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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