Steven D. Greydanus' review:
Is it possible that the makers of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader have made the best film in the series to date while charting a course even further from the book? I think it is. Perhaps it’s even because the film diverges from the book to the extent that it does that I’m able to regard the film more for what it is than for what it isn’t.
Not that incoming director Michael Apted (replacing Andrew Adamson) and his screenwriters have jettisoned the book. There is still a magical painting that transports Edmund, Lucy and their record stinker cousin, Eustace Clarence Scrubb, into the Narnian world. There is still a ship called the Dawn Treader commanded by their friend King Caspian of Narnia, who sails in search of seven missing Narnian lords. The voyage still takes the friends to magical islands where they encounter dragon treasure, invisible Dufflepuds, deadly enchanted pools, mystical feasts and more. Their journey still takes them to the world’s end, to the threshold of Aslan’s country.
In a related story, Catholic actor Liam Neeson (voice of Aslan in the movies) says this about the character he voices:
"As we know, C.S. Lewis, who wrote the books, was a famous atheist who then became a famous convert to Christianity. I have read quite a lot of his books other than "The Chronicles of Narnia."The problem with this politically-correct vision of the stories is that it isn't accurate:
"Yes, Aslan symbolizes a Christ-like figure, but he also symbolizes for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries," he said.
"That's who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids -- that's what he means for me," he added.
- Buddha didn't lay down his life for his friends.
- Mohammed didn't rise from the dead to conquer evil.
- Aslan did these things as a figure of Christ.
Aslan as a "mentor" is one tame little kitty. I don't buy it.