Saturday, June 11, 2011
A Bit Disappointing
I think my major hang up was the bizarre "evil fog" plot device that I thought rather butchered the plot. I do not understand why they thought they needed that. I kept having flashbacks to weird '80s movies like the Never Ending Story or The Fog. I thought this device made the story revolve around defeating the Dark Island like some sort of quest, which in the novel was only one, isolated chapter. Granted, it is one of the best chapters in the book, but that island was not crucial to the overall story arch.
I also didn't much care for the scene were Edmund finally destroyed the sea serpent. It looked like a Harry Potter magic wand rip off. I thought that was unnecessary. I also never quite figured out what the director was thinking with the addition of the second girl whose mother was taken in the fog and who stows away on the ship from the first island. What was that all about? I don't even think she had a name. That subplot seemed to be more of a distraction than anything.
On the positive end, I did like the beginning and the end of the film, particularly with the water pouring out of the picture frame. The sweeping views of the Dawn Treader at sea were also quite nicely done. I can only imagine how impressive those were on the big screen. I also must say they did the Reepicheep mouse character extremely well. He was always my favorite character when I was reading those novels as a boy. I thought the actor for the casting of Eustace was also nicely done, though they turned him into a dragon for a much longer period in the movie than I thought was necessary.
My one question, having not seen the original theatrical version, concerns my recollection of some reviews I read when the film came out in the theater. I know some people were ranting about something Aslan did or said that departed from the book. If memory serves, people thought Aslan went onto some relativist speech at the end of the film or something. If that is correct, the scene has been edited out from the DVD version because Aslan never departed too far from his cameos in the book from what I could tell.
Overall, I don't think it's a film I care to watch again, unlike the first film which was really well done and pretty close to the original novel. I own that on DVD.
I don't think I'll buy this one.