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Bridge to Terabithia

Published January 26, 2010

Bridge to Terabithia

Film info

  • Title Bridge to Terabithia
  • Director Gabor Csupo
  • Year 2007
  • Run time 1hr 36m
  • Genres Adventure, Family, Drama
  • Tagline Close your eyes, but keep your mind wide open

Fantasy/adventure tale about two children who invent a secret world. Bullied at school, and with worries at home, young Jesse Aaron (Josh Hutcherson) sets his heart on being the fastest runner in the 5th grade. When the day of the race finally arrives however, his dream is shattered when new girl in school, Leslie Burke (Anna Sophia Robb), beats him to the tape. Despite this initial setback, the pair soon realise they have a lot in common, and a friendship develops. Discovering that they both share creative talents, (Jesse loves to draw, while Leslie is a keen storyteller), they invent the magical kingdom of Terabithia, a fantasy world reached by swinging on a rope over a stream near their homes. Once inside Terabithia, they become the rulers of all they see, embarking on magical adventures, fighting evil, and learning how to triumph over bullies.

Live Blog

TimeComment
0:43This looks like a drawings-come-to-life kind of film. If that happened to me, you’d just get a load of scribbles and blobs.
3:09It looked to me like his dad took the sneakers and now suddenly they are in his hands again.
5:42If it’s not bad enough being new, now she has to sit at the front of the class. School is awful.
11:50Fun music class though. I seem to recall ours involved a lot of listening to classical stuff.
14:25She writes, he draws - they make quite the combination.
17:01I like her clothes, many layers and stuff.
20:12I can’t believe they did all that swinging and no one fell off.
23:05Oooh, treehouses are the best! I only ever got as far as a plank of wood on a branch.
30:17If this is their imagination, they can’t both be seeing the same thing, can they?
38:53I have heard better chants than “Free the Pee” to be honest.
41:27Did they put that feet reference in earlier just for that? Odd.
46:37Cool! Painting the room gold!
55:57That river is quite high. I hope they can both swim.
59:06I like the idea of a lot of little flying warriors against those big… things.
1:00:22Is that a big troll-shaped Janice? I am quite confused!
1:02:58That’s a bit weird, isn’t it? What teacher wants to hang out with students on their day off?
1:06:05Ah. Bad times. This is a bit My Girl.
1:11:29Blimey, now he’s connecting with the horrible teachers as well.
1:13:24Do the other two children not go to school?
1:16:39I don’t understand this film at all, but I like it.
1:20:44Where is he getting all the nails from? Perhaps his dad steals them from work like post it notes come from offices.
1:22:33She walked all that way with her eyes closed? He could have carried her or something.

Thoughts

The second children’s film I watched in a row, and this one I knew absolutely nothing about, except for a vague recollection of the trailer from a long time ago. I do like how kids films are so short!

Ooh, it’s completely crazy, this one. Getting children to use their imaginations is good, and the anti-bullying message works as well. I’m not sure about the gratuitous emotional bit towards the end, but it’s aimed at children and not me.

Rating: 1 / 5

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