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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: movie review

( PG ) ( Monitor Movie Guide )

Michael Apted's direction of 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,' Part 3 of the Narnia franchise, brings an elegance to the production.

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From left, Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley are shown in a scene from the film, 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.'

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the third installment in the C.S. Lewis "Narnia" series, and I'd rank it above the second but below the first. "Narnia" completists may not care. "Narnia" naysayers won't go anyway.

In this sequel, the Pevensie children (Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes), along with their snooty cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) meet up with Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) in search of the seven swords that will release into the Narnian ozone the innocent spirits captured within the Lost Islands.

The 3-D effects are standard, the children and the prince are a bit bland, and Michael Apted's direction veers into listlessness, but there is, at times, a pleasing elegance to the production, too. It doesn't assault you. Small favors are better than none. Grade: B- (Rated PG for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.)

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