The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of the least structured of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia—so much so that a British television adaptation bundled its story together with the second book, Prince Caspian.

This lack of structure in the original text frees Walden Media’s adaptation of the book, directed by Michael Apted, to be livelier than its previous by-the-numbers takes on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian (or most of their other children’s book adaptations, such as Charlotte’s Web and City of Ember, which are inoffensive but often bland). This new film is not exactly a classic of all-ages cinema, but it’s got more energy and entertainment value than many non-Pixar efforts for children.

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