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Review - Film - Narnia's charm still captivates

The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Director: Michael Apted

Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes

Certificate: PG

Out now on DVD

Rating: 5 out of 5

I really loved the mysterious music in this film, especially when it comes to fights and when magical things happen. My favourite part is when Lucy thinks that the picture in her room is moving and then water flows out of the picture and they end up in Narnia. My favourite character is Eustace, because he makes rhymes about Edmund and Narnia because at first he doesn't even think Narnia exists. He still has a loving heart, though. He also has a mortal enemy in Narnia, Reepicheep, but in the end they are the best of friends.

I wonder where the filmmakers get all the money to get the costumes and the props. This film is so imaginative that little children won't believe their eyes. I really loved this, and people who have not seen it need to watch it. I liked it when Lucy got kidnapped by the invisible one-footed men and she went into an invisible mansion that turned into a real mansion, and then she turned into Susan. I also liked it when Lucy was reading a spell book and she made it snow and then made it stop.

There are scary parts, but apart from that there is nothing to not like about this film. I liked it so much that I watched it three times in a row. I really liked the fight scenes. You can still enjoy it even if you have not watched all of the Narnia films.

Alanya Palmer, nine, Heatherbrook Primary, Leicester

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third instalment of the Narnia series, follows Lucy and Edmund's return to the magical land with their spoilt brat of a younger cousin Eustace in tow, much to their dismay. They are reunited with Caspian aboard the Dawn Treader and are enlisted on a mission to rid Narnia of an evil curse, which involves seven lords, seven swords and travelling to the Dark Isle. Along the way, they are faced with many challenges, including sword fights at sea, dragons and battling with an enormous sea serpent.

After the last Narnia film, Prince Caspian, Disney announced they would no longer be working on future films in this series. Twentieth Century Fox stepped in and enlisted the help of British director Michael Apted. Returning actors include Tilda Swinton (the White Witch) and Ben Barnes (Caspian), who has, thankfully, lost the strange Spanish accent from the preceding film. Will Poulter, who I love watching in School of Comedy, plays Eustace brilliantly. His interpretation of the role and his fantastic comedic ability delivers a performance that is bound to make you laugh.

I grew up an avid reader of the Chronicles of Narnia and was not disappointed by the film. It has something for everyone: the special effects are fantastic, there is swashbuckling a-plenty in exciting, action-packed fight scenes, moral lessons to be learnt along the way and scenes with Aslan to pull at your heart strings. I look forward to the next adventure from Narnia.

Catherine Davies, Filmclub leader, Heatherbrook Primary, Leicester.

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