FACING TEMPTATION: A magical Narnian snowfall envelops Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley) as she is lured by the power in a magician’s book of spells.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Directed by Michael Apted

The third installment in the film adaptation of C. S. Lewis's beloved series of children's parables features a new director. The veteran Michael Apted takes over from Andrew Adam­son, who made the splendiferous films of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian. The good news is that Dawn Treader is a worthy successor to Adamson's entries.

The opening half hour, though, is a little disappointing. Keeping to the convention established in the first film, the setting is the Second World War. (Christo­pher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who worked on the screenplays for both the other Narnia pictures, collaborate here with Michael Petroni.) The two oldest Pevensies, Peter and Susan, have moved to Cambridge with their father, while Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are stuck at their aunt's, where they have to put up with their officious, whining cousin Eustace (Will Poulter).


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