Escape to the Movies: The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

This week, Bob gets on board for Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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nice review, but i dont think i'll see it. i wasn't really a fan of the first 2 films...nor the books actually

Seems to me like Bob likes a lot of movies. When recommending them I think he needs to realize that a lot of people only see a couple movies every year.....$ ya know.

No Izzard?, DAM
It sucks that the Ninja movie wasn't good.
Turn's out there's the right way and then there's...
*puts on glasses*
The Warrior's Way
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Hoping to see it. I've always loved the books, and read them to my son, and really enjoyed the movies (mostly) so far. Interesting to hear how they set up conflict in this one.

Fun review as always.

Glad to hear that Dawn Treader is pretty good. It and The Last Battle were the Narnia portions I was/am really worried about.

Electrogecko:
Seems to me like Bob likes a lot of movies. When recommending them I think he needs to realize that a lot of people only see a couple movies every year.....$ ya know.

Just because he says it's good, doesn't mean you need to see it.

If the movie doesn't interest you, but you hear it's good, that doesn't mean you need to see it.

I've heard great things about plenty of movies, but they never peaked my interest enough to watch them.

Aww, no "ninjas. damn."
OT: Good review, but now I'm curious as to how the next one will do.

I haven't seen VOTDT yet, although considering what I've seen of the first two films, I actually kinda prefer the older BBC version (although that may just be nostalgia talking). Also, based on that series, I'm sure they're bound to do "The Silver Chair" next, if only to bag Edmund's character while he's still the right age.

Nooooo, I was really hoping it could have been Rare Exports this week... I guess American audiences don't care for quirky european films after all.

OT: I'm not gonna see the Dawn Treader, however may Bob recommend it. I just haven't been into any kind of sword-and-sorcery fantasy for years.

Onyx Oblivion:

Electrogecko:
Seems to me like Bob likes a lot of movies. When recommending them I think he needs to realize that a lot of people only see a couple movies every year.....$ ya know.

Just because he says it's good, doesn't mean you need to see it.

If the movie doesn't interest you, but you hear it's good, that doesn't mean you need to see it.

I've heard great things about plenty of movies, but they never peaked my interest enough to watch them.

I suppose. I guess I'm just surprised that this turned out to be good.

I do feel like 90% of his reviews are positive though.....for better or worse.

bartholen:
Nooooo, I was really hoping it could have been Rare Exports this week... I guess American audiences don't care for quirky european films after all.

OT: I'm not gonna see the Dawn Treader, however may Bob recommend it. I just haven't been into any kind of sword-and-sorcery fantasy for years.

I hade hope that he would do Biutiful. One of the best film this year.

Electrogecko:

Onyx Oblivion:

Electrogecko:
Seems to me like Bob likes a lot of movies. When recommending them I think he needs to realize that a lot of people only see a couple movies every year.....$ ya know.

Just because he says it's good, doesn't mean you need to see it.

If the movie doesn't interest you, but you hear it's good, that doesn't mean you need to see it.

I've heard great things about plenty of movies, but they never peaked my interest enough to watch them.

I suppose. I guess I'm just surprised that this turned out to be good.

I do feel like 90% of his reviews are positive though.....for better or worse.

Relax. With markets as big and varied as movies and games, trying to keep up with all of the ones hailed as good is a chore.

I should know. I went nuts trying to play basically every game that reviewed positive reviews over the past 2 years.

NO "NINJAS, DAMN????!!!!" What the FUCK!? I knew it was going to be bad, but I thought it would at least be GLORIOUSLY bad. You could at least have the amusing line

bartholen:
Nooooo, I was really hoping it could have been Rare Exports this week... I guess American audiences don't care for quirky european films after all.

I can't speak for all Americans, but I thought Pan's Labyrinth was a masterpiece, and you can't get much more quirky than that.

Electrogecko:
Seems to me like Bob likes a lot of movies. When recommending them I think he needs to realize that a lot of people only see a couple movies every year.....$ ya know.

True that. The only movie I recall him hating was the expendables.

I love the Narnia movies. I sort of got the Christian subtext, but really, how do you NOT love a huge lion?!

I'm glad to hear that this movie was good, I need something to watch this weekend.

I fail to see where it having Chrisian elements to it should be an issue at all. I find it kind of ironic that when something similar to this comes along with a focus on non-Christian religion or philsophy, or that is critical of christianity and/or organized religion in general it's presented as a good thing, but here it's not. I don't think you have to be a believer to appreciate the messages or the analogies, and really I find something rather disturbing with the implication that there is something wrong with being a believer.

Someone whips out "The Matrix", or movies based on "Journey To The West" which is heavily religious (involving gods and the like), and I notice people don't feel the need to make quite the same issue of it. To be honest I actually thought "The Matrix" had just as many analogies as Narnia did in it's own way.

I'm not going to shoot off a list of movies here, or anything, I just don't see why this even needs to come up as a major talking point in regards to the movie.

Interesting back-story on the writer.

I never cared for the Narnia movies, nor have I read the books but... What's this one line that makes Aslan less allergory and more second version?

I never really liked the Narnia books or the first film so I don't think I'll bother with this. My biggest problems were that I hated all main characters apart from Edward and Aslan; Aslan because he was voiced by Liam Neeson and Edward because he was the only one who was actually interesting and wasn't a perfect, pure, middle-class hero, and even then he was whiny and annoying, so I didn't take much to him anyway.

Its because they took out the line. If they had left in "Ninjas. Damn." then the movie would have been so much better.

OT: Don't know if I'll go see it. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was okay when I saw it, but I not really into the series that much any more. I've moved on towards other stuff. I might get around to watching it (and Prince Caspian) once it comes out on video. No promises though.

Dear Moviebob,
Good to see your review was impartial, to religion at least. I'm a lapsed Catholic too so I understand the relationship can be complicated to say the least.

The Golden Compass was touted by the author of His Dark Materials and the critics as the anti-Narnia. I thought it was pretty bad with weak villains, deus ex machina and a polar bear fight I just thought was silly.

What did you think of the Golden Compass?

This was the book in the series I was looking forward to being made into a movie, so Im glad is good, defiantly my favorite entry in the series.

This review makes me really want to see the film.

I didn't even know this movie was made until I saw a commercial last night a 15 second commercial that showed nothing about the plot. Very poor advertising campaign.

You thought Warrior's Way would be good? You were disappointed when it sucked? I could smell that stinker through fifteen pounds of coffee, ten pounds of mary j, and a tanker full of febreeze.

Your cold must've prevented you from smelling the shittiness.

I am starting to think that both the magicians nephew and the last battle won't be adapted, since Nephew is the first story so it would be confusing to put it in the middle or make it last, while the Last Battle not only turns themes into "crushing weight of three gold encrusted elephants" but also relies on a lot of detail put into that story with the boy and his horse to actually make any sense.

I won't be hitting this one in the movies, but will check it out at a later date at some point.

Real shame about the Warrior's Way though. Was hoping for something fun there :\

No ninajs? Damn

I'm so happy to hear that Bob liked it. I was going to see it anyway, being a Narnia fan, but this is even greater encouragement. I've really been hoping this will do well. I want them to get past Silver Chair and start filming the books that haven't been done yet.

Great, now I sound like a fan-girl. :P

the first one? What about the Magician's Nephew? I'm pretty sure that came before the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, it did in the collection I got given. Or is there something I'm missing?

EDIT - I looked it up and the Magician's Nephew was published sixth as people have told me and as they have told me is an early example of a prequel. I was wrong and if Movie Bob is reading I owe him an apology.

MovieBob:
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

This week, Bob gets on board for Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

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Agreed, it's not a big deal. For the most part, the allegory only comes to the surface if you already know the Jesus mythos, and/or if you already know that's what C. S. Lewis was after here. It's not as obvious as the religious undertones in, say, His Dark Materials.

(In truth, Aslan is much more representative of the Old Testament Hebrew concept/expectation for the Messiah--a military leader sent from God to throw down not their spiritual oppressor, but their physical oppressors. He follows through on the "sacrificial lamb" aspect of the Christian Messiah, but other than that he's pretty much a military leader.)

The story is an epic as old as time--good versus evil, virtue triumphing over vice, the hero laying down his life, and a healthy sprinkling of generic morality--so it shouldn't be a problem for people to simply view it as a work of fiction. Or, at worst, one work of fiction based on another work of fiction.

Vault Citizen:
the first one? What about the Magician's Nephew? I'm pretty sure that came before the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, it did in the collection I got given. Or is there something I'm missing?

Magican's nephew was I believe the Phantom Menace of the franchise, in that it chronologically come out later but is a prequel.

I must be an idiot because I never noticed the religious implications of the Narnia series. Wierd.

Probably won't see this. The first one was great, the second was meh and this just looks unnecessary.

The ninja movie sucked? And the line wasn't even in it?
Damn

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