BRAIN DUMP (SPOILER ALERT): The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


Haha, naw, it wasn’t that bad. Better than Prince Caspian, but still not quite what any Catholic hardcore Lewis fan would want to see, I think.

PET PEEVE Number One: Edmund’s attitude.

As Mother and I were discussing, how the movie portrays Peter in Caspian was as if Narnia had done absolutely nothing for him. He went to Narnia and came back no better; worse, if anything. And now Edmund exhibits that same attitude in Dawn Treader. It’s really quite depressing. “Once a King or Queen of Narnia, always a King or Queen”? So much for that. The titles of High King Peter the Magnificent, Queen Susan the Gentle, King Edmund the Just, and Queen Lucy the Valiant are not merely titles; they speak of the conduct and bearing of the Pevensies as it translates into the part of their lives that Lewis only left us to wonder about. One of my favorite scenes in The Last Battle is the one that lends some insight on this matter, where Tirian appears to the Pevensies and the Professor and Peter addresses him with all the courtesy and command that “the Magnificent” implies. So here we are, with the Dawn Treader, and it is now Edmund’s turn to contest with Caspian.

If I remember correctly, there was indeed a scene in the book where Edmund and Caspian argued and brought up the question of hierarchy and that scene did make it into the movie. BUT. When the movie and book respectively are looked at as a whole, that scene comes off very differently. In the movie, there are little things throughout that make it clear that this explosion on Deathwater Island – well, what was supposed to be Deathwater Island, but I suppose it should be noted that they put the Deathwater and Dragon Islands together here – had been brewing all along and that here were things simply coming to a head. In the book, by contrast, this is the only scene in which you see any hint of hostility betwixt Caspian and Edmund. In the movie, it is made to seem a very natural argument, whereas in the book, it is very clearly unnatural to be challenging each other’s position thus, the ultimate defeat of which is considerably, necessarily, and correctly much more significant. Furthermore, if we truly want to get the full message out of it, they did not – were not supposed to – come out of this evil mood on their own. It was the appearance of Aslan that was to bring them to their senses. And of course, this most significant appearance was omitted from the movie.


Hm. I have about six more pet peeves, but homework calls. I think I’ll post them one at a time as they gradually become more organized in my mind with constant meditation.


One comment

  1. Hi, stumbled across this in the WordPress Latest – I lost patience with the Narnian films long ago because of how they portray Lucy. She is an allegory of the ultimate mystic, but she’s just reduced to a little girl in the films. So much of Lewis’s symbolism is lost.
    That said, I’ll probably go and see it!

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