As is my tradition, I went to the midnight release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader this morning. I still feel that rocking, rolling motion of the sea. And every time I have to leave Narnia at the end of these movies, I get sick to my stomach. My mom would call it pathetic. I call it sympathetic. The characters are so real to me that I can easily feel what they are feeling. It's a combination of excellent writing, good acting, and fabulous audience participation. :)
For those of you interested in seeing it, the movie was a spiritual journey for all involved. It's so different from the first two (by the nature of the book) and yet so good! They changed a few things in the adaptation, but everything worked for me. I was emotionally exhausted at the end, but I can't wait to do it all over again! I read a review that perfectly describes the three Narnia movies: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is iconic. Prince Caspian is epic. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is intimate." This movie is not about war; it's about people. And I love it!
One of the things that impressed me the most was the thematic richness. There are so many layers, it will take me a long time (and several trips to the theater) to figure them all out. Here is one of my favorite lines, given by the adorable Reepicheep to a mourning Eustace: "Extraordinary things happen to extraordinary people. Perhaps your destiny is far greater than you can imagine." To me, it means that sometimes we are put through trials so that we can learn how to reach our potential, how to be like our Heavenly Father. And that our potential is beyond imagination. Which is saying something because I have a big, huge, wild, overactive imagination!
But the movie also takes you on an exciting adventure with a few swordfights, a squall, a dragon, and (gasp!) a sea-serpent that really scared the gold off my boots. I wantwantwant to be a Narnian sailor! Like so:
If I'm a good girl for the rest of the year, maybe Santa will allow me into Narnia for Christmas.