Like its predecessors, the latest Narnia movie, T he Voyage of the Dawn Treader , is being greeted with mixed reviews by critics. "20th Century Fox has taken up the franchise [from Disney] with largely dreary results," writes Manohla Dargis in The New York Times , She goes on to remark, "Though there are times when the movie turns into a congested mess, as in a climactic battle that washes the screen in gray, there are moments when you also see a quieter, less industrial production." Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times , writes that the plot is "not particularly coherent" but "boils down to one damn thing after another." Nevertheless, he adds, "this is a rip-snorting adventure fantasy for families." That's not how Rick Groen sees it in the Toronto Globe and Mail. "Could be an optical illusion," he remarks, "but it seems that a flat, dull movie shot in 3D just looks flatter and duller." On the other hand, Kyle Smith in the New York Post calls this chapter of the Chronicles , "eye-popping and entertaining" and praises director Michael Apted for bringing back "a sense of the old-fashioned fun of the low-tech 1960s myths-and-monsters matinees." As for the 3D, many of the critics suggest that it's simply unnecessary. Amy Biancolli in the San Francisco Chronicle ads that "if it isn't the greatest 3-D, at least it looks better than Clash of the Titans. "

10/12/2010