Directed: Michael Apted
Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni
Music: David Arnold
I love re-watching all of the Chronicles of Narnia films at Christmas and although the second and third films are pretty tied, I think I might love this one of the most. It’s a great family-friendly film; everyone can huddle around the TV with the boxes of chocolates and enjoy it. It’s filled with action, adventure, a flicker of romance, magic and an all round entrancing quality about it, meaning you’ll never get bored of watching it.
In this, the third instalment, Lucy and Edmund are staying in England with their self-obsessed cousin Eustace whilst Susan and Peter are in America with their parents. But when they are mysteriously transported to Narnia alongside Eustace and are reunited with their old friend Caspian, they are greeted with an new, evil foe which must be destroyed. Together, with Caspian, the rest of the crew and a couple of newfound friends they must voyage across oceans and face deadly challenges to fight against the dark enemy. Will they succumb to the temptations? Will they all make it out alive?
The main thing that I will always love about the Narnia franchise are the characters. They are all so richly developed and interesting and unique, it’s not hard to see that The Chronicles of Narnia were a series of books first. I love Lucy, who is spunky but very compassionate and Edmund, who is finally out of Peter’s shadow and is showing that he can defeat the bad guys on his own. However, I do miss Susan with her witty lines and her eye-rolling, but she does make a quick cameo and from what we hear, she’s doing alright. Caspian is still as heroic as ever and, with the rest of the crew, they make an powerful force. The acting in this film was also brilliant. Everyone captured their characters perfectly in this film, especially Will Poulter as Eustace, with his dry humour and irritable grumbles. The character development is great and everyone returns a changed character by the end of the film, for one reason or another.
As per usual, the special effects were amazing. You know that they are filming in a studio or a big green room, but the effects really do transport you to a ferocious sea battle or a dragon ride. The costumes are also consistent and really add another dimension to the film. The music is superb and really creates a fantastical atmosphere that supports the plot and the quick pace of the film. With all these elements playing together, you get transported to Narnia on the daring adventure and you certainly don’t want to leave. You are transported away from the living room to a magical world and this film is a great film for kids, who can use their imagination to its full extent here.
Overall, despite the low ratings, I still love this film and this franchise. I can watch this film on repeat, without getting bored and I think this is a great film to watch around Christmas. If you’re looking for a different festive pick this Winter, consider something away from the generic festive flicks and pick something that takes place outside of the regular world that will capture everyone’s imagination.