Bridge to Terabithia Reviews
There are very few movies that inspire a genuine emotional response from me. Something beyond the superficial momentary humor, happiness, and sadness that is the basis of so many films. Movies like The Wrestler, Million Dollar Baby, and Forrest Gump all take the viewer beyond the passive experience of watching, to the active experience of feeling exactly what the characters are feeling. Bridge to Terabithia is most definitely another one of those movies. I kid you not when I tell you that the last part of the movie left me stunned in a way that took me quite a while to get over.
It's also one of the best films about what being a kid is actually like. Dealing with issues that adults can't even handle well, like loss and loneliness and problems at home. And it handles those issues in an adult way that pushes Bridge to Terabithia far beyond the label of "kid's movie". Sure, it's about friendship and imagination and other topics that are the cornerstones of movies for kids, but those subjects are only the tip of the iceberg.
There isn't much fault to find with it, beyond the heavy emotional toll it may take on those who are too young or unprepared to deal with the subject matter. There are a few unnecessary and non-mainstream ideas about Christianity that the movie would have been better served by leaving out, but I can't find fault with anything else. The cast was great, the special effects were imaginative and well done, and all the elements combined together in manner that just felt "right". This is a sweet, genuine, and heartbreaking story that should be seen by anyone and everyone who has the emotional maturity to handle it.
its not really what i expected and i guess thats why i didnt particularly enjoy this movie!!
it just bored me and didnt havve as mush fantasy that i was expecting and was hoping for i just found the story really stupid and pointless !!
Buts thats about it, really great acting but alittle dull. You get bits of the fantasy world of Terabithia but thats it, you'll be yearning for more, Terabithia looks great with orges, dark warriors, trolls, giants and all sorts of weird creatures, but you never really see them and they never really do anything, you just get the reality and problems of growing up in the sticks as kids. Thats fine but from the poster and what I read I was expecting more fantasy...shame.
Indeed, I'm talking about another tale of youngsters who find themeselfs in an unreal world and have to save it en route to saving themselves.
What you notice quickly aobut warm, wise Terabithia, though, is that it keeps its CG action to a minimum. And it's more interested in real world matters than fantasy.
When loner Jess and spritely oddbod Leslie (Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb, both exceptional beyond their years) invent Terabithia as a sanctuary from their everyday issues - school bullies, working-class home life, parents - much of what I see is the duo acting out (not in) their invented land.
For more satisfying than the first Narnia adaptation, Terabithia salutes make-believe while reminding that playtime will end.
A positive thing is that the main focus on the film isn't the wonder of SFX but the really nice story and the younger actors. They really do a nice job.
The story has a tragic side to it so I wouldn't really recommend this one to the youngest ones. A good and entertaining flick with heart for the preteens and older ones.
It does occasionally drift into mawkishness, especially with the 'happy-clappy' singalong moments (the decorating scene actually made me a bit nauseous) and I did wonder if this was made by some kind of Christian fellowship!! But it's a very small price to pay for such rich rewards.
It's maybe not a film for teenagers and the cynical minded may dismiss it harshly. But that's their loss. I'm of an age where I can remember, as a child, a time when you had to use your imagination. A time before computers and technology took over and did it all for you.
I'm glad I found Bridge to Terabithia - I liked it a lot. It's most definitely a kids' film but in a very traditional 'Saturday Matinee'/Sunday afternoon serial way. I was reminded a little of The Secret Garden, The Railway Children and Swallows and Amazons (but with poor kids instead of the posh ones!). I was very moved by it. The cinematic equivalent of a big bear-hug! And I needed that after all the depressing and draining crap that has passed for film lately.