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Not recommended under 10, PG to 12 (Violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 10||Not recommended due to violent and scary scenes|
|Children aged 10-12||Parental guidance recommended due to violent and scary scenes|
|Children over the age of 12||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence and scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are staying with their extremely spoilt and obnoxious cousin Eustace (Will Poulter). As the three children look at a painting of a ship, The Dawn Treader, on the bedroom wall, the painting comes to life and the children find themselves in the ocean with the ship bearing down upon them. They are rescued by King Caspian (Ben Barnes) and Eustace is befriended by a talking mouse named Reepicheep (voice of Simon Pegg). We learn from King Caspian that he is searching for the seven lost Lords of Telmar, who disappeared while on a quest to defeat a great evil.
The children join Caspian on his voyage and encounter many adventures which test them all, but particularly Eustace.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Fantasy and the supernatural; good versus evil
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader contains some fantasy action violence with little blood and gore. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of eight, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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The film contains some mild name calling and put downs, including:
“useless clown”, “mullet mouth”, “squeal like a girl”, “smells like the rear end of a …”, “senile old coot”, “spineless sap”.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a fantasy adventure based on the book of the same name by C.S.Lewis. Unlike the previous Narnia film, Prince Caspian, which was more suited to a slightly older audience, this seems to be aimed at 10-14 year-olds. Parents are cautioned that the film does contain scenes and images likely to disturb younger children, in particularly those under eight.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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