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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - 3D Review Roundup

Disney didn't have faith in the Narnia franchise, but "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" did squeak out a decent debut haul of $24 million last weekend.

A few years into the film's development, Disney announced that they were no longer interested in continuing on the Narnia trail. Fox picked up the slack, and viewers appear to be happy, making the film number one for its weekend debut.

Critics seemed interested in the franchise, too -- at least half of them. The film currently has a 50 percent rating on film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Let's take a closer peek at where the critics seem to be split...

Here is what Walden Media says:

"Return to the magic and wonder of C.S. Lewis’ beloved world – via the fantastic Narnian ship, the Dawn Treader. In this new installment of the blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia motion picture franchise, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, their royal friend King Caspian, and a warrior mouse named Reepicheep, find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to the Dawn Treader. Their mission – on which rests the fate of Narnia itself – takes the courageous voyagers to mysterious islands and a river that turns to gold, to fateful confrontations with magical creatures and sinister enemies, and to a reunion with their friend and protector, the Great Lion Aslan."

Here is what reviewers say:

"The Narnia films have always been old-fashioned and earnest, just like the books that inspired them, but aside from a few moments of slapstick and some endearingly goofy creatures the Dawn Treader encounters, the film feels so serious and faux-mythic that it never allows the audience inside. When it comes to the 3D that becomes very literal -- press those glasses as tightly to your face as you like, but the post-conversion-3D never manages to pop, even in the otherwise impressive action sequences late in the film." - Katey Rich, Cinema Blend

"Of course, being a big family film coming out around the holidays, DAWN TREADER is in 3D, but this seems to be yet another post-conversion. In fact, if you remove your glasses during the film, you'll notice that relatively little of it actually seems to be three-dimensional, other than the CGI." - Chris Bumbray, JoBlo.com

"Result is a picture that, in its gaudy vfx, substandard 3D and homily-like sense of drama, feels straitjacketed by its mandate to deliver a Christian-targeted, mainstream-friendly entertainment (all on a budget and production schedule reportedly far tighter than Prince Caspian's)." - Justin Chang, Variety

Tags : 20th Century Fox3D Movies3D ReviewThe Chronicles of NarniaThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderWalden Media

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