Despite the apparent Christian undertones, I really do enjoy the Narnia films. While they also tend to drag, they remain so true to the books that it's a little unbelievable. It's a rarity for a movie to do such a thing, so I admire the filmmakers for their actions.
The third installment of the series finds Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) living in England with their aunt, uncle, and annoying cousin Eustace (Will Poulter), while Peter (William Moseley) and Susan (Anna Popplewell) are in America with their parents. Peter and Susan make an appearance for about a minute throughout the entire film, and this is as it should be. For the adventure in Narnia belongs to Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace this time around.
They get to Narnia through a painting, where they end up floating in the ocean and picked up by the Dawn Treader (a boat), captained by Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes). They're off looking for some of Caspian's dad's friends who disappeared when things got rough. There also seems to be some evil green smoke running amok, and the only way to get rid of it is to bring all 7 swords back to Aslan's table. And wouldn't you know it, but the Caspian's dad's mates each have one!
From there, there is all sorts of adventure to be had, including battling a dragon and getting sold into slavery. While it all seems dangerous, this is a family friendly flick, so the danger is very superficial. There is never any doubt that they're all going to make it out of there alive.
As the kids get older, they get less annoying. Eustace really should get on your nerves, but he doesn't. I think it helps that he reads out passages of his diary and they're so hilarious that you don't care that he's judging everyone. Lucy is struggling with wanting to be beautiful like Susan, which is a tad ridiculous. Apparently she doesn't remember how she already grew up once before in Narnia, and that she was an attractive woman, so there's really nothing to worry about. But then again, we all have our insecurities.
So on the CWeave scale, I give this movie a 6.5. It could've been funnier in several places, plus Eddie Izzard, who was the voice of Reepicheep in "Prince Caspian" was replaced by Simon Pegg in this one. Though I love Simon Pegg, Eddie did a much better job, and I went into the theater thinking that I was going to hear his voice again. And plus, King Peter is hot, so I was sad that he wasn't in more of the film. Because yes, I'm shallow like that.