Director: Gabor Csupo
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert
Patrick, Zooey Deschanel
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: GVP
Official Website: http://disney.go.com/terabithia/
Day: 10 May 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(One of the best films of this year that fortunately appeals
to anyone with a beating heart)
Review by Justin Deimen