The novels—and yes the film—are great examples of how moral and philosophical ideas can be conveyed in fantasy literature—including tales of a noble lion, a gallant mouse, and a little boy named Eustace Scrubb, who almost deserved his name.
C. S. Lewis never missed a chance to teach a moral lesson. And the Voyage of the Dawn Treader is no exception.
Millions of fans of C. S. Lewis’s books are lining up to see the film adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader—the third movie in the Chronicles of Narnia series.
I have to admit that I haven’t seen the movie—I’m afraid I just don’t go to the grand 3-D action movies anymore. But I am happy to say that the movie is getting good reviews from the likes of WORLD Magazine and Crosswalk.com—which credit the film with being true to the spirit of Lewis’s masterpiece, with a only a few cinematic liberties thrown in. And my colleague at BreakPoint, Anne Morse, loved the film.
But before you trundle up the kids to hit the Cineplex, why not re-read Dawn Treader with them? And you might also consult one of the fine books that carefully examine the themes of the Narnia tales.
In Dawn Treader, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie return to Narnia through a magical picture. They are accompanied by their obnoxious cousin Eustace Scrubb, who, Lewis writes, is the kind of boy who “likes beetles if they were dead and pinned on a card,” and reads books “about exports and imports and governments and drains.”