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What's streaming: The last great Narnia movie?

You cruise the channels looking for something to watch. Suddenly you find that one thing that draws your interest, but alas, it’s been on for a bit and there is nothing worse than watching a movie halfway through. However, it occurs to you that there might be a chance that you could stream the movie. Maybe you want to share it with a loved one, or not.

Surprisingly Netflix and Hulu don’t have the movie. Well, worry not. Amazon Prime happens to be a good resource for those films not found in popular streaming apps. Sure, you could sign up for a monthly service, but if you are like most, it’s just not worth the expense to carry on several monthly subscriptions to cover every movie available in streaming. Fortunately, you can rent or even buy that movie. Renting typically lasts a full 24 hours.

So, what does this have to do with “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”? Turns out this is one of those movies. Finding good holiday films, especially ones in which you have a childhood attachment to, can be tricky if they are obscure or in this case pulled due to new releases planned. What’s that? New releases? Yep. Netflix has been contracted by the C.S. Lewis estate for a reboot of the beloved books.

“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a series of seven childhood fantasy books written by C.S. Lewis between 1949 and 1954 and is considered a classic of children’s literature. It has been adapted for film, radio and stage many times over the years. It is broad in characters and is a tale of ethical choices.

What makes “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” unique is the sudden end to the film series with a full three novels left to adapt. Unfortunately, licensing rights were lost and never regained and budgets from Disney prevented the continuation of the series.

Never fear though, Netflix announced last month that the full series is being developed for its platform. Most likely we will not be seeing the same actors and it remains to be seen whether the upcoming films will be as faithful to the books as the last films produced by Walden Media. “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” did vary from the books, but this was to cover storylines that were a bit hard to translate to the screen.

Starring Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes and Will Poulter and a supporting cast of Liam Neeson and Simon Pegg, it’s worth the rent just for Simon Pegg as Reepicheep, the fearless sword-fighting mouse. It may be the last great movie of this series, but time will tell if Netflix can capture the same mystique of its predecessors.

To reach Brian Fitz-Gerald email him at bfitz-gerald@rosebudmedia.com.

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