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On to my review -- "Bridge to Terabithia" is being marketed as a children's movie, but I really don't think it is one. In fact, it's my opinion that this movie doesn't really have an audience… the content is uninteresting to adults and pretty heavy for kids… causing any parents who do take their kids to see it, to have to do some serious explaining afterwards (due to story elements involving the death of a child, how God damns unbelievers to the fiery pits of Hell even if they're just children, etc). The other main problem, for me, was that as an imaginary tale (a la "Pan's Labyrinth"), it just didn't work. There wasn't much imagination or animation, plus there was a LOT of explanation and discussion that went on between Jesse and Leslie as they were creating the world of Terabithia. So, it wasn't like they suddenly entered this magical kingdom (like in "Pan's Labyrinth," "Chronicles of
All in all, I'd give this movie 1.5 STARS (out of 5). Re-watch value: NONE
Based on the popular Newbery Award-winning novel, "Bridge to Terabithia" is a fantasy/adventure story about an 11 year old Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) and the unlikely friendship of Leslie Burke. Jess hopes of becoming the fastest runner in his class are dashed when new girl Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) outruns everybody, including him. However, Jess and Leslie soon begin a friendship, and discover a magical kingdom in the forest, where the two of them reign together as king and queen. "Bridge to Terabithia" has been brought to the screen by the producers of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", and featuring fanciful creatures developed by "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson's special effects team.
One would think with that powerhouse team a better, more fantasy-focused movie could have been brought to the screen. However the acting and the story do carry the movie through to conclusion. I thought the plot was extremely well done, and the chemistry between Robb and Hutcherson was well played. The movie did lack a lot of story that the book had and of course there was more adventure in the book, but again I believe a movie should stand on its own merit. Parents be forewarned there is a very sudden and real turn in the story, and everything comes right back to reality very quickly.
Overall Rating: 2.5 Stars (out of 5). Re-watch Value: Moderate (A rental or cable would be ok).