The weekend that an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ much beloved book “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” was released in theaters, a heavy snowstorm convinced this Christian dad to stay home rather than “tread” the treacherous roads.
And considering the lackluster performance of “The Dawn Treader” at the box office, many other moviegoers must have stayed home, too.
What turned them off? Was it the weather? The poor reception that “Prince Caspian,” the previous Narnia movie, received? The higher, 3-D ticket price? Or rumors that “Treader” wasn’t as “Christian” as its source book or even previous Narnia films?
Well, I can’t imagine it was weather for the approximately 20 million fewer ticket buyers who skipped out on “Treader” (compared to the first in the series, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”).
And it certainly shouldn’t have been the 3-D ticket price, as “Treader” was loaded with visually spectacular, fantastic scenery in lush, vivid color and swashbuckling action that made it one of the few 3-D movies in the past few years to really take advantage of the new technology….
Ah well, then perhaps it was the movie’s message.
As fellow movie reviewer Dr. Ted Baehr pointed out, “Treader” does maintain much of the allegorical Christian content that C.S. Lewis wrote into the book