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Parents can’t go wrong when choosing any film in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise. This third installment features the adventures of both Edmond (played by Georgie Henley) and Lucy (played by Skandar Keyne) seeing as we left off the Prince Caspian (played by Ben Barnes) film with Aslan telling us Peter (played y William Moseley) and Susan (played by Anna Popplewell) have outgrown the make believe land. We welcome to this film a new face, Eustace Scrubb (played by Will Poulter) the Pevensie’s cousin.
This film opens us with Edmond trying to get drafted. However, he is, yet again refused and scolded like a child much to his disdain. He soon learn that both Edmond and Lucy have suffering from the same problem ‘older sibling envy’. Edmond wants to be looked upon as an adult not as Peter’s little brother and Lucy wants to receive the Susan like attention to her budding beauty. Edmond and Lucy are stuck dealing with their annoying and annoying looking cousin Eustace as Peter and Susan party in America.
Edmond is tired of being looked upon as a child. As a past great king of Narnia he feels he deserves a tidal of respect in the real world and now back in Narnia. However, the crew looks and answers to Caspian and not Edmond the Just ‘of the old days’. Lucy on the other had, want too to be viewed as her older sibling is. She wants Susan’s beauty and grace but she too is stuck in her older siblings shadow. Eustace is simply a bratty realist, he is both shocked and annoyed by this Narnia and wants everyone to be as miserable as him. Soon the entire ensemble learn to conquer both their fears and their insecurities to help save Narnia once again.
Eustace was the highlight of the film because of his up-tight look and snarky way of handling things. He is that guy that we all enjoying hating but by the end we come to care for him despite his behavior. Next in line was Reepicheep (played by Simon Pegg) who was first introduced in the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and now in ‘the Voyage’. He is both noble and a great character.
The problem with this film was its missing leads, Susan and Peter. Both carried an onscreen authority that Edmond and Lucy don’t seem to have. The film had the ingredients for a great film with the CGI, actors, script etc but it lacked the ‘PeSus’ or the Peter-Susan characters foil and humor so it lacked depth. Put simply, Susan and Peter really make the film and the world ‘Narnia’ and having them missing leads us to believe that the world is that much more unreal.
Overall, this film was not bad. Its had a little humor, triumph and adventure. Now that Edmond and Lucy will not be permitted to return to Narnia, the films not rest o the shoulders of Eustace seeing as the Silver Chair is a Eustace adventure. However, judging by his past performance we gather this will not be a problem for this very talented young man.
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