Friday, June 18, 2010

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Got to admit, this looks good. I never saw the second Narnia film, though, and was only ok on the first.

10 comments:

Christian Berntsen said...

The ship itself looks less than real to me, I always pictured something a bit more majestic and less... prop-like. I haven't been overwhelmed by the movies so far, but have enjoyed them well enough. I also think Prince Caspian was a better movie than most have made it out to be. But, I also think Willow got a bad rap and was better than most give it credit for, so what do I know.

Lou Anders said...

You will think that of Willow until you see the asian-themed concept art that was the initial design.

Christian Berntsen said...

Intriguing, and where would one track down these intital designs?

Lou Anders said...

I don't know. I saw them at a convention in the 90s. I think Jean-Marc Lofficier had them, but I could be wrong. There were lots of cat-people and everyone was in Chinese dress. The Val Kilmer character would have had a broad chinese hat and a walking/fighting pole. Seeing the designs broke my heart, because it really was a different, alien-world, not just your standard faux-medieval setting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Skip the second one, Lou.
This was the best of the seven books, so I have high hopes for the movie.

markchadbourn said...

I hated the first one. As a Brit, I really dislike those upper class accents (don't know if Americans have an ear for the distinction). The public (US: private) school system is designed to repress emotions so a lot of actors from that background sound wooden. With Harry Potter, they made it work by dropping a class.

This one does look better, but I agree with Christian that the ship should have been more majestic.

Clare K. R. Miller said...

Huh... I loved the first one, hated the second one (except for Reepicheep, who was perfect), and don't have high hopes for the third. Eustace was barely in the trailer and what were Peter and Susan doing at the end? They should not be in that movie.

I am happy enough with the ship, though--I always pictured it as kinda cute and small.

Garth Nix said...

I had a walk on the ship when they were filming (I was visiting the set to talk to some of the people working on the film about another project) and it was built like a real ship, not a flimsy prop. I was impressed and pleasantly surprised. When I visited it was up on hydraulic jacks and surrounded by green screens in a huge hangar-like sound stage, but I understand it had been floating in the water tank previously for other shots, so was actually at least semi-seaworthy.

I watched a couple of shots, but as they were variations of Lucy or Edmund pointing over the rail at a tag on the green screen opposite, it didn't give me much of a clue how the film will turn out!

Lou Anders said...

It being my favorite of the books, I will at least see it, which means I must netflix the previous.

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