- Eustace Scrubb was brilliantly cast. His mannerisms, his snooty, bratty arrogance and idiocy were done quite well. Not sure how much the child actor read the book to become familiar with the character, but he pulled it off smashingly.
- The opening scene in the Edmund's room at the Scrubb's home. The painting moved. The ship really did look Narnian and the water came rushing in the room only to find the children no longer in a cramped bedroom but in Narnia. I thought this scene wonderfully captured the magic of being brought into Narnia.
- The Dawn Treader...what a noble Narnian ship it was. The careful attention to detail, the real boat they built to create the set - it was money well spent (unlike the $ I spent to see it in 3D - not a fan of that at all; 3D is for suckers). Both the ship and her crew seemed to fit the part well. Here you can tell they payed fairly close attention to the details of the book - dragon head and tail, the gilded and green sides, her sail, even down to the Aslan icons on board.
- You must allow one nerdy moment though. Eustaces' baptism was well done -albeit differently than in the book, however it was a nice parallel. In the book it was done near/in a pool of water in the dark of night. Eustace was unendingly overwhelmed at his dragon nature that had consumed him. He was clawing at it and scratching. The movie showed that briefly, but it was much more intense in the book. He could not shed his dragon skin. Aslan had to do that for him. And it felt like claws - again, the movie portrayed this - but Aslan did not touch Eustace in the movie, only in the book to you get such rich intimate (let the reader understand) God-with-you details. Now the fiery baptism in the movie was cool though too since it had some Biblical backing to it. I'd love to know how they decided to go that route in the movie and what the conversation was that took place. At any rate it was good they had it despite placing too much emphasis on accentuating the positive of Eustace's dragon nature.
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