Have you ever in your life seen a movie that when it ended you wanted to stand and to applaud but before you could let the applause out, the tears began to flow? So it is with the newest and best of all the Chronicles. Yes, the previous episodes were moments in our lives, but The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is bigger and better.
Sweet innocent Lucy (Georgia Henley), who hopes in her heart to someday be beautiful, is the character with whom we stay, and it is through her eyes that we travel, not from a wardrobe, but now by way of the hanging oil of the royal ship Dawn Treader. With Lucy we travel to a restless sea, and back to Narnia; back to the wonder, and the beauty, and back to young Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), who rules the faithful and dedicated crew of the dragon-prowed vessel with bravery, compassion, and with courage. At one point Lucy, having learned to ‘see the unseen’, reveals an invisible army that nearly overwhelmed her is naught but a throng of little old men, on one another’s shoulders, speaking in deep voices and each with one incredibly huge unshod foot to hop about on.
You will find cousin Eustice, very preadolescent, and very much the Brit, quite mildly obnoxious at first. But through the trials of the search for seven swords of gold, we come to love the young man. He resists at the start every effort by our new friends to humanize him; it is not so much later that he passes through a time in the un-chosen splendor of a strong and winged, and, we concede, gnarly dragon; fierce, and ready to give all to aid his fellow voyagers — his prince, his king, and his cousins. Eustice, stalwart and pragmatic, is portrayed by the boy, Will Poulter.