Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Release Date: February 16th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language.
Directed by: Gabor Csupo
JJ Rating: A+
Jess is a fantastic artist and can’t find an understanding person until he meets Leslie who gets him. They end up creating a world in which they escape to get away from the school and parents.
AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson were simply outstanding. They had the grand acting down. It was like watching pros. They were refreshing. They were different. They had this charismatic way that just reached out and made the movie way better than I had anticipated.
Some people are foolish and think that the movie is a fantasy movie like Lord of the Rings or Narnia. They would be mistaken. This movie is about a boy who draws and a girl that writes. They have that opposites attract deal going on. He sees in pictures and she fills in with creative writing in which was apparently missing from his life. What they do is create a world with their imagination. It is a fantasy like world but the movie is not based on that. The movie is about their friendship and how she brings him out of his shell and makes him more.
I really like the Bridge to Terabithia because it is a friendship like movie and I really believe that movies based on friendship are the best kinds of movies. Of course it’s boy and girl and that the love connection does come into play but first they are really good friends and that’s awesome to see instead of the "OOH you’re a girl let me touch you here there and there." There’s depth that makes it worth seeing in the early morning like I did.
The relationship with the father is interesting. Robert Patrick, as the dad, spends a lot of time with the younger daughter and since he has three daughters the son, Hutcherson, feels left out. I could see the “left out” on his face whenever he wanted his dad to ask him for help. I love seeing the acting on the face more so than with the words. It just means so much more. It’s what makes a movie that much better than a book; though I still really love books.
If you’re expecting some sort of fantasy then this is not the movie for you. This movie is for those that like friendship stories. This story will also connect with those that have felt out of place or lost. It’s great to have someone go, “I get you,” and that is what happens in this movie for both Jess and Leslie.
I’m going to buy Bridge to Terabithia. It’s a great feel good movie. It has me wanting to see it again. I almost want to have my own forest so I can make up my own world have my own bridge a bridge to Jammerbithea. That so doesn’t have a nice ring to it. Not even al little bit.