The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader★★★★ 7.45-10.00pm E4
The third and most recent film adaptation of the seven novels in CS Lewis’s wholesome saga sees a change of director, with seasoned Brit Michael Apted (Enigma) taking over. You can’t see the join, as two of the four Pevensies (along with Will Poulter’s entertainingly annoying cousin Eustace) return to Narnia, where Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) is now king. Accessing the world via the waterlogged device of a painting of a ship, there’s seafaring, dragons, serpents and the mysterious Dark Island — not to mention a bit of adolescent romantic tension. Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson lend their voices, and new-fangled effects and old-fashioned adventure are satisfactorily combined.
This well-mounted historical drama reveals the shameful truth about the first black cadet at the famous military academy, who was beaten and then accused of perpetrating the assault himself in order to frame his racist tormentors.
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