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The Island Is Silent Now, But The Ghosts Still Haunt The Waves

By TK Burton | Trailers | November 10, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | November 10, 2010 |

First of all, don’t ask me what the difference is between a feature trailer and a regular trailer. I have no idea.

So here’s the newest trailer for Michael Apted’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It shows a good bit more than either of the previous trailers we’ve posted, notably with more Reepicheep and the dragon that annoying cousin Eustace is transformed into, as well as curious footage of characters never used in the novel — the White Witch (brilliantly portrayed in the first two by Tilda Swinton), as well as the elder Pevensie siblings, neither of whom are in the book from my vague recollection.

It looks, much like the first two, to be absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, content-wise the first two were a mixed bag. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was pretty good, though the second, Prince Caspian, was a bit of a stumble. Director Apted has a wildly varied resume, filled with some great films (Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorillas In The Mist, Gorky Park), some mediocre ones (Thunderheart, Nell), and some absolute trash (The World Is Not Enough, which featured Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist (yes, really), and Enough).

All of which means that you should basically just sit back and enjoy the pretty. I’m predicting that this will be another visually sumptuous, but ultimately hollow entry that fails to resonate or capture the magic of the books.

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