Tuesday, December 21, 2010

“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb..."

Lars Walker liked the film version of Voyage of the Dawn Treader very much:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the novel) begins with perhaps Lewis’ greatest opening line; possibly one of the best opening lines in all literature: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” (A line full of resonance for an author who’d himself been christened Clive Staples Lewis.) This film offers an extremely satisfactory Eustace in the person of actor Will Poulter. His maturation is the primary character arc in the story, just as in the original. It pleased me in particular, as an amateur swordsman, that he enjoys his first fleeting taste of the pleasures of manliness after a fencing match with the incomparable talking mouse, Reepicheep (played by a very talented bunch of pixels and voiced by Simon Pegg). ....

It would be misleading to call this adaptation “faithful” to the book. This movie is more like the fruit of the book. Some elements of the story are minimized or skipped over; other elements, minor in the original, are magnified and dramatized for cinematic effect. The result is bigger, more spectacular, faster moving, and more unified in narrative. It’s stirring, thrilling, and suitable for all but the youngest viewers. My own manly eyes teared up a bit in places.

I don’t think The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been doing the business it deserves. I urge you not to wait for the DVD.
I haven't seen it yet and his last comment makes me worry since production of The Silver Chair depends on its success.

Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: Film Review: "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"