13 January 2011

11 Jan - "Squirt? I'm a king!"

The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
dir. Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist, 1988)

Ben Barnes (Stardust, 2007)
Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 2005)
Skandar Keynes
Liam Neeson (voice) (Batman Begins, 2005)
Simon Pegg (voice) (Star Trek, 2009)
Anna Popplewell (The Little Vampire, 2000)
Will Poulter
Shane Rangi (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, 2008)
Tilda Swinton (Broken Flowers, 2005)

My favorite part about Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the kid who played Eustace. He was so funny! A perfect little snotty kid. Except I didn't like him so much after Aslan got to him and he turned nice. That doesn't bode well for the upcoming Silver Chair, which features Eustace and his school chum Jill Pole on a quest to rescue Caspian's son, Rillian.

Tilda Swinton was in the movie, as an illusion haunting Edmund from time to time. I'll tell you, they will do anything to keep Tilda Swinton in these movies. Luckily for Disney, The Silver Chair has the perfect role for her. I will be totally surprised if they don't cast her as the Green Witch keeping Rillian prisoner (spoiler alert!)

If you're a smartypants like me, or if you read the Chronicles of Narnia anytime after age ten, you probably know that C.S. Lewis was a big deal Christian and really the Narnia books are all about how awesome God is. Voyage of the Dawn Treader is, I think, where the evangelical message gets laid on the thickest. There's a bit near the end where Aslan tells Lucy that she won't be coming back to Narnia (Actually, the whole team comes back in The Last Battle) and he tells her that he exists in the normal world, and that he brought Lucy to Narnia so that she could know him better in the other world. This is where I leaned over to the fella sitting next to me and whispered, "He's talking about Jesus!"

Because Aslan is Jesus.

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