Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurtled through space because of the board game they are playing.
What makes Zathura so great, beyond the incredible visual designs, tense challenges, and a great director, is the fact that it was adapted from a Chris Van Allburg book. The Polar Express was a visionary adventure, and Jumanji, family fun. Zathura doesn't get to be as thrilling and masterful as the animated film by Robert Zemeckis, but innovates ingredients from Jumanji, while at the same time creating new ones. It is a movie of great adventure, infinite inventiveness, and a screenplay that will please anyone in the whole family. Jon Favreau has an unlimited supply of audacity and he applies every bit of that to Zathura. Then there's the cast, which features impressive acting from young actors Josh Hutcherson and Jonah Bobo.
Starring: Tim Robbins, Josh Hutcherson, Kristen Stewart.
First thing I'll mention is that this is from the same author of Jumanji, so it is obvious that this story is the same, just with different characters, setups etc.
Now to the review...I can't really rate the film any higher or lower then a 3, I can't rate it higher because there was nothing new or original in the film that could set it any higher and I can't rate it lower because the film isn't bad. It is an entertaining way to fill 1 hour 30 minutes of your life, it is made for the whole family, with some great special effects and a bit of adult humour here and there for the older crowd. The film is predictable throughout, yet the endings twist was certainly a tad different. Jon Favreau does quite well in his direction, showing that he can work with any actor, no matter what age.
So overall the film is fun, theres nothing overally new here so I can't rate it higher and it isn't a bad film, so I can't rate it lower.