Any movie that combines the themes of Harry Potter with The Lord of the Rings has the potential to be a smash hit, but, as the box office for the last chronicle of Narnia showed, it can't also be a grim, dreary bore. So while Prince Caspian felt like it was mostly about armies charging at each other, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a much more swashbuckling adventure, with wonderment and comedy and, yes, even more heavy-handed Christian allegory. I forgot how much I missed it!
Man, things are getting tough all over. We already know money's tight for individuals, families, and businesses, but fictional characters are starting to feel the pinch, as well. Recent reports suggest that Hollywood is recession-proof -- it is cheaper, after all, to watch a movie than to fly to Cancun for some fun in the sun -- but that protection doesn't seem to apply to all of Tinseltown's residents. Disney, for example, is getting out of the Narnia business by dumping the third installment of the C.S. Lewis trilogy that started with 2005's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, effectively putting The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in limbo for the time being.