Home Movie Vault Disc Vault Coming Soon Join Our Mailing List Articles Local Scene About Us Contest Soundtrack Books eStore
  Publicity Stills of "Bridge To Terabithia"
(Courtesy from GV)

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Gabor Csupo
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Zooey Deschanel
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: GVP
Rating: PG
Official Website: http://disney.go.com/terabithia/

Opening Day: 10 May 2007

Synopsis :

Jess Aarons is an outsider at school and even in his own family. Jess has trained all summer to become the fastest kid in his middle school class but his goal is unexpectedly thwarted by the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, who competes in the "boys only" race and wins. Despite their awkward introduction, the two outsiders quickly become best friends. Leslie loves to tell stories of fantasy and magic. Jess loves to draw, but until he met Leslie it was something he kept to himself. Leslie opens a new world of imagination for Jess. Together they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia, a magical place only accessible by swinging on an old rope over a stream in the woods near their homes. There, the friends rule the kingdom, fight the Dark Master and his creatures and plot against the school bullies. Thanks to his friendship with Leslie, Jess is changed for good. Brimming with fantastical creatures, palaces and beautiful forests, the world of Terabithia is brought to life by the amazing Academy Award®-winning visual effects wizards at Weta Digital.

Movie Review:

The biggest fallacy that will plague “Bridge to Terabithia” is that it is just another children’s movie, from Disney no less. The second biggest fallacy would be that it will be reminiscent of “The Chronicles of Narnia” especially since its true strength lies in director Gabor Csupo’s weaving of “My Girl” tropes with an intelligent insight into sporadic retreats into childhood repositories of imagination and the painful realisation of burgeoning adult responsibilities. It recalls innocence found and innocence lost at that tender age when you are no longer a child and not a grown-up just yet.

Just as in Csupo’s “Rugrats” movies and television series’, a real knack is shown when fully developed adult matters are delicately handled in the context of a children's movie that never shies away from asking one or two tough questions. This obviously poses a dilemma of sorts for parents that expect reasonably light-hearted fare, which “Bride to Terabithia” definitely is not. So instead of an escapist romp, children and parents alike end up with something much more meaningful that could possibly offer kids more than just fanciful distraction. Addressing socioeconomic issues, faith and the certainty of familial tethers, the film approaches it with a measure of daring confidence – a refreshing trait that never undermines the audience’s potential to appreciate reality side by side their CGI. This is the quintessential coming of age film for children on the cusp of their teenage years.

Possibly the most effective decision that ends up grounding the film’s flights of fancy would be the unpretentious and utterly rudimentary design of its fantasy sequences that are so restraint that it refuses to distract from the pertinent issues. It trenches the story in realism and becomes a clever reflexive tool when audiences are forced to look beneath the shimmering special effects and see its true significance of the material’s amazingly sensitive portrayal of young psyches.

Anchored around the introverted Jess (Josh Hutcherson) and the sprightly new girl in school, Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb), the story introduces them as unlikely friends that grow to need each other as time goes on. An interesting dynamic that yields numerous nuances is that Jess is the only boy in a big family of sisters. His loneliness and isolation is attributed to circumstances at home causing it to be rather ironic or perhaps even natural, that his best friend turned out to be a girl.

“Bridge to Terabithia” is a distinct novelty in the realm of children’s films that usually begin by applying artifice first before attempting to fit in the essentials of youth and heartfelt aspects of real life. It actually cares about the ideals that it endeavours to inculcate and becomes a triumphant testament to the truths we have faced that made us who we are. This film extols a whole different kind of magic than you’d expect.

Movie Rating:

(One of the best films of this year that fortunately appeals to anyone with a beating heart)

Review by Justin Deimen


DISCLAIMER: Images, Textual, Copyrights and trademarks for the film and related entertainment properties mentioned
herein are held by their respective owners and are solely for the promotional purposes of said properties.
All other logo and design Copyright©2004-2007, movieXclusive.com™
All Rights Reserved.