Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dawntreader Downtrodden

I just watched the movie adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

In summary — it's not very good.

In truth, I find it difficult to assess how the movie stands on its own merits; it butchers the original story so bady that at times it could be described as "a movie based on the title of a book by C.S.Lewis". I'm aware, of course, that absolutely faithful movie adaptations of books are seldom dramatically successful, but in many cases the additions and elisions, and changes in scene order, characterization and tone in this movie often don't appear to have any justification except for the sake of fiddling around by the screenwriters.

I'll give it this much — the sea serpent is pretty cool and scary.