By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)
This third Narnia film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (rent or buy it here), is in many ways the most satisfying entry in the series. Two of the Pevensie children return to Narnia with their duplicitous cousin and hitch a ride aboard the Prince’s ship in this seafaring adventure, complete with merfolk, pirates, and dragons. After a somewhat clunky start, the film ultimately develops the relationships between new and returning characters in moving and dramatically satisfying ways. It also features some terrific action, especially towards the end. The acting is better than it’s ever been. Also improved are the digital effects.
CONTENT OVERVIEW: There are some intense moments and startling images in this PG film, including a battle with a sea creature and against a band of warriors. There is no language or sexuality.
MESSAGES TO DISCUSS: The proud will be humbled, while the humble will be exalted. Pride makes us susceptible to temptation, whereas humility and faith help us to overcome it.
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.