Written by Alex McIntyre
Critics may be jamming their quotes down your throat that this third entry in the Narnia franchise is restored to its former glory, but is the magic really back?
In all honesty, no.
It seems that Narnia isn’t the almighty franchise it used to be; it has weak legs and is overpowered by the domineering company. 20th Century Fox may have a notorious reputation for this, but it’s quite sad seeing this happen to something that was always remembered for being hugely successful, both in literary and film form. Many areas are cut down for budgetary reasons. The running time has been significantly shortened (the first two are 150 minutes, but 115’s all you’re getting here) and voice actors are removed or replaced entirely. Who knew Eddie Izzard was more expensive to hire than Simon Pegg?
All in all, Dawn Treader feels like a failing mall. Sure you’ll go along because it’s there and it’s that time of year, but you will leave with nothing interesting to show for it.