Continuing the stories from the magical world of Narnia, '...The Vogage of the Dawn Treader' sees the Pevensie children embark on another quest that is perhaps tamer than viewers might have been expecting.
There's plenty from the world of fantasy here but you might be left questioning the wisdom of the use of 3D, which seems underused and unnecessary for the most part.
Lucy (Henley) and Edmund (Keynes) are staying with their aunt and uncle and being generally driven mad by their know-it-all cousin Eustace (Poulter). In fact they're all in the middle of a full-blown argument when something strange happens. The painting that they're fighting over comes to life, spilling water into the bedroom and serving as their portal to join their old friends, this time aboard the Dawn Treader ship, captained by Prince Caspian (Barnes). The ship is sailing towards the edge of the world, on a mission to get to Aslan's country and solve the mystery of the green mist along the way.
There are lots of high-jinks and plenty of action to soak up here as the voyagers cast spells, get tempted by the dark side of the White Witch (Swinton) and encounter the funny Duffelpuds, but there's a lack of urgency about their mission this time round, which is disappointing.
On a positive note, the performance of young actor Will Poulter alone makes the movie worth watching. His comic timing and ability to deliver a line are wonderful and he completely steals the show as Lucy and Edmund's annoying cousin, who doesn't want to believe in a world of fantasy and talking animals. Younger viewers will also get a great kick out of Reepicheep's (Pegg) many stunts, while you can't fail to be charmed, once more, by Liam Neeson's majestic Aslan.
The latest Narnia instalment is worth a watch and the little ones will probably go mad for it but it lacks some of the magic of its predecessors, and the books, and is definitely a missed opportunity in terms of maximising the 3D element.