Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Tim Robbins, Kristen Steward, Josh
Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard
RunTime: 1 hr 42 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Rating: PG (Clean)
Day: 24 November 2005 (DAY AND DATE WITH THE US RELEASE
23 NOV 2005)
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Based on the book by CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG
(n) (Za-Thoo-rah) is
an intergalactic adventure for the entire family, centering
on two squabbling brothers who discover a vintage board game
that from the very first spin takes them on the ride of their
lives through outer space – literally. The only way
to end the game and return safely to Earth is by reaching
an undiscovered black planet called Zathura. The boys are
forced to put aside their sibling rivalry to survive an unending
series of challenges including meteor showers, a laser-firing,
rocket-propelled robot, heatseeking lizards called Zorgons,
battling space ships and more.
with imagination and flush with fresh, inviting visuals Zathura
flies into theaters. It’s the new movie from Elf director
Jon Favreau, who continues exploring the world of family entertainment
with his take on evil, magic board games. His movie is based
on the book Zathura, written by children’s author Chris
Van Allsburg who also wrote the story that Jumanji was based
on, which explains the similarities, though Zathura is not
a Jumanji sequel.
quarrelling brothers go on a fantastic space adventure when
young Danny finds a magic, old board game. As they nobly defend
their spacecraft/home from human-eating Gorgons, robots programmed
to kill and the wrath of an adolescent sister, simple lessons
are taught about the importance of kindness, family and imagination.
will probably be enthralled by the brothers' cosmic misadventures,
which the filmmakers imaginatively realize in a seamless blend
of CGI, miniatures and make-up effects, courtesy of Jurassic
Park wizard Stan Winston. Favreau skillfully handles the film's
action sequences with whiz-bang flair like a genre veteran.
In fact, there are a couple of scenes in Zathura that may
be a little too intense for younger children, such as the
robot's relentless pursuit of the brothers through the house.
But for the most part, the PG-rated family movie is no more
violent or potentially upsetting than the average Saturday
kids' movies these days are written with a healthy dose of
adult irony to involve the ticket-buying parents. Zathura
appeals to both the young and old, but not because of in-jokes
that keep parents interested in the exploits of a chicken
or a fish, but because of the genuine sense of wonder the
film inspires. Zathura is a step back but one in the right
direction. Like The Wizard of Oz once did, it has the potential
to foster a love of film in a new generation.
film avoids the crass, cheap jokes that sometimes plague lesser
family flicks in an attempt to create something truly timeless.
His cast drives the movie, with great performances from child
actors Jonah Bobo as the youngest and Josh Hutcherson as his
10-year-old brother Walter. Kristen Stewart players their
oldest sibling Lisa, and though her role is relatively minor
by comparison, the 15-year-old actress makes a big impression.
Expect great things from her in the future. What works best
is the dynamic between this family of characters. They fight,
they bicker, their big sister is disinterested. The chemistry
between them has an authentic feel, even if sometimes their
reaction to what’s going on around them doesn’t.
while it's occasionally exciting, and deftly holds the cheap
sentiment at bay, Zathura cannot sustain its breathless momentum
to the finale. Narrative fatigue sets in at about the halfway
mark, as the brothers' ongoing rift becomes tiresome amidst
the falling meteors and Zorgon attacks After awhile, you wish
they'd draw a game card that orders them to take a "time
is a good film for the family, but especially for young boys.
To be honest, part of the appeal of something like Zathura
(and Jumanji, for that matter) is that even with all the peril
danger and turmoil the game causes, we secretly with that
we could open a box from our basement and enter into an adventure
least I do.
(For an out of this world space adventure, strap yourself
and eject your seat into the world of Zathura!)
by Lokman B S