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Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Gabor Csupo / Actors: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb ... / DVD released 15 October, 2007 at Icon Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL

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      23.02.2013 18:43
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      A wonderful movie for the entire family.

      Bridge to Terabithia.


      I've had this dvd since the film came out in the shops, I couldn't wait to buy it and neither could my kids. They loved this movie as did I.



      The movie is ultimately aimed at the younger market but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main focus of the movie is on a young boy named Jesse played by Josh Hutcherson and a girl named Leslie played by Anna Sophia Robb. The characters meet when Leslie starts at Jesse`s school, and they become close friends inventing a secret world, which is never really clear whether it is simply their amazing imagination or abstract reality. The secret world is full of amazing creatures that you need to believe in to be able to see. The secret world is a place that Jesse can escape reality, as he feels like an outsider both at school and at home. As the film progresses so does the characters connection which is wonderful to watch.



      This film is great to watch but as a home schooling mum I'm always looking for ways to educate and this is perfect. We had loads of lessons based around this film. The imagination aspect is obvious but family and friend relationships and individuality are other issues touched upon in the film. I was also able to download and purchase additional materials to aid the educational aspect of the movie.
      Questions I put to my son included:


      How would you feel?

      How would you react to ......situation?


      The questions are endless and the discussions we had tended to digress into other area. This film truly connected with my son as he was bullied at school and this film is in part addressing bullying. I believe it has helped to enhance his understanding of the world. Relationships and grief are other areas that this film addresses and it does it both sensitively and delicately. Obviously I'm looking at this movie from a completely different angle to most of you but even as a simple film the cast and story line were completely amazing. The story had me and my son enraptured, it was a little advanced for my youngest of two but my ten year old completely loved it.




      This is amazing film for people of all ages and it encourages imagination. The acting is beyond resplendent and for young teenager both Josh and Anna Sophia portrayed their characters amazingly. These two were truly magnificent.



      The film is directed by Gabor Csupo and was written by David Paterson, Jeff Stockwell and Katherine Paterson and I applaud them for this amazing piece of film work.



      The DVD is classified as PG which I consider appropriate, I would watch the movie if you child is particularly sensitive or had a recent bereavement as there are scenes that could upset younger more sensitive children.



      Overall this movie is amazing and I would highly recommend it. You could simply watch it as an extremely entertaining movie or go in depth and discover some truly enjoyable conversations. I can't remember the cost of the DVD I have but you can purchase it now at amazon for £3.28 with free delivery which is a fantastic price. Definitely worth watching, and I hope if you do watch it you get as much from it as my family did. Truly amazing!

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        08.07.2012 21:33
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        Overall a brilliant must see for parents and children

        I can easily say that this is one of my favourite children's film. Being out of the targeted age range i expected that this film would be a let down because of the fantasy nature which was built up to be included in it. However i was gripped from the moment Josh Hutcherson ran across the horizon in the opening titles. i found that Anna-Sophia Robb created a great profile for herself which should have catapulted her into halls of Hollywood fame. The introduction of Zoey Deschenel also made this film stand out, as her connection with the children as a music teacher and as a friend is so inspiring. The only part of the film which i did not enjoy was the over use at some points of the fantasised characters, however i would put this more down to the age i am rather than as a fault as such.

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        22.03.2010 00:20
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        Watch this movie for a relaxing sunday afternoon with the family

        Introduction

        The bridge to Terabithia is a family fantasy movie which will entertain the whole family. I watchd this movie and it took me back to tose carefree days of being a child watching movies like the Neverending Story etc. This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that I would recommend to all, especially if you are a big kid at heart, loving a good story made for the family, like we used to have in the mid 80's.


        Story (May contain spoilers)
        Jess is a young boy who is a bit of an outcast at home and in school. His family is not well off, buthe has on deam with his beat up, falling apart trainers, and that is to run the big athletics race at the beginning of the school term. He and all the other lads ae beaten by a new student, a girl. This girl is the complete oppoite of Jess, she comes from awell off family, however she too is an outcast at school. Afer a rocky start these two become good friends, boh living in the countryside they eplore their local forest to create an imaginary kingdom, Terabitha. The entrance to hs imaginary kingdom is by a bridge that allows them to escape their lives, to one where they are the champions. This imaginary world with their friendship allows them to bring a little more control in their real lives, and how to deal with a variety of situations.


        Actingcing
        The acting is relatively good, although this is a childrens/family fantay movie, where the stars are children. There isn't much drama, or emotion needed. The kids however do portray the characers well though so that you get behind them and can empathise with them.


        Special Effects
        Limited special effects are neded as this movie deals in real life or he childrens imagination, relying on them describing whats going on. There are some basic special effects in the imagination kingdom, but nothing spectacular, however the movie doesn't need it for the good story that it is.


        Soundtrack
        The music for this movie is a good choice, and lends itself to create the appropriate atmosphere, however it is not anything special that would make me want to buy the soundtrack on its own.

        Overall Opinion
        This is a great family movie, well worth watching. I would ecommend his movie to anybody, especially those with children. This is a great Sunday afternoon movie.

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          26.02.2010 22:27
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          Well worth a watch but beware of the end.

          Summary:
          Bridge to Teribithia is a story that shows how the friendship between Jesse Aarons and Leslie Burke grows and develops. The story begins by Jesse who has always been the fastest runner in school competing in a race against his fellow class mates only for him to be shocked that he has not only been beaten by the new person in his class but this person also turns out to be a girl and this somewhat shocks him. However although he initially shows resentment towards her he soon finds out that he is in fact also his neighbour and the two quickly become good friends.

          For fun the two of them decide to go off into the woods and play together. They enjoy racing each other there since this is something the two of them strongly have in common. Upon arriving in the wood Leslie suggests that the two of them create an imaginary world for the two of them to play in. Jesse seems very confused by what she is suggesting to begin with but is soon drawn into the mysterious world of Teribithia. This is a world where anything that they can imagine can come true.
          The more time that these two spend together the close these two come to each other. However just as the two are them are becoming closer friends the story takes a dark turn and tragedy strikes them.

          Opinion:

          I found this film to be extremely enjoyable although initially going in with the idea that this could be a bit of a cheesy kid's film. I however grew to love the relationship that grew between the characters and wished that I had, had such a good friend at their age. I also found the problems that arose in Jesse's family were something that I could relate which for me greatly improved the viewing quality. I also found that this could be educational for children as it covers topics such as bullying in school which is something that most children have to go through at some point in their lives so I think that they could find it quite useful in fact.

          The acting done by the children I found to be extremely convincing which surprised me as a lot of roles played by children actors are often disappointing and have ruined films for me on multiple occasions. They both seemed that they understood the characters that they were trying to play which is why I think they did it so well. Jesse Aarons was played by Josh Hutcherson and Leslie Burke was played by Anna Sophia Robb.

          The special effects used in the film are of particularly high quality of very believable but it is my belief that this was the aim of the producers of the film. Since I think it was done in this way so that it reflected the imagination of the children which often isn't completely believable. All the special effects that were used were done in a way to alter the world that surrounded them so that it all was brought into their world of Teribithia.

          Although this was created as a kid's film the darker turn at the end of the film I think it could be quite upsetting to children as I personally also found it rather upsetting. This may also have been done for the purpose of helping children who have suffered loss at a young age of learning how to cope with these things and that life does go on afterwards.

          In conclusion I would suggest this film to anyone that asked my opinion on it I would however suggest that if you were intending to show it to children that you watch it first to see if you think they could cope with the upsetting topics covered.

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            08.02.2010 18:24
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            Sweet, beautifully filmed coming of age story

            Bridge to Terabithia is a gorgeous little film, with a heart-wrenching twist in the middle.

            I hadn't read anything about the film (or the book it was adapted from) before I started watching, so my initial impressions were based on the connections Disney has attempted to make with The Chronicles of Narnia. But whilst Bridge to Terabithia may be based in fantasy, this is less about an otherworldly adventure and more about the power of the imagination.

            The story revolves around Jess, a young boy with problems both at home and school, who is befriended by new girl Leslie. Together they escape their problems in the real world by creating Terabithia, a land where they rule together as King and Queen. But when tragedy occurs, Jess has to learn how to combine his fantasy life with his real one, to create a harmonious balance between both.

            This film is rich with assertions about the power of friendship, love and creativity. I am a sucker for these sort of themes, and the touching way Jess learns to grow whilst retaining (and passing on to his young sister) his love of fantasy really gripped me.

            My one complaint would be that although the rating is set at PG, there is little in the write-up that explain one particular event in the film would be extremely upsetting to small children. I found myself in tears, and will wait until my little nephews are a lot older before watching this with them. But watch it with them I will, because there is nothing more important than the power and creativity of imagination.

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              29.11.2009 22:11
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              An enjoyable family movie which will reduce you to tears.

              I first came across 'Bridge to Terabithia' at school when we read it in English class. That was some years ago now and when in 2007 I saw a film being advertised on the TV I was quite excited about it. I ended up watching the film last week as I never got round to seeing it on the big screen.

              Jesse Aarons lives with his parents and five sisters. Being virtually ignored by his parents and singled out by all sisters apart from one his home life is far from perfect. Being victim to cowardly bullies his school life is hardly ideal either. He is a fast runner and prides himself on this and his illustrations which he uses as a means to escape from his daily trials. One day Leslie Burke turns up at the school. She is also his new next door neighbour. Begrudgingly on Jesse's part the two eventually become friends and Terabithia is the fictional backdrop to the fantasy world they create out in the woods that they play in.

              I remember the book being very vivid and having a magical element to it. I feel that the film encapsulated this fairly well. Visually Jesse's neighbourhood, house, school and the general scenery is exactly as it is in the book as is the creek and the woods. I also feel that the actors Jesse and Leslie were cast superbly as both are almost spitting images of the characters I conjured up in my head as a child.

              The film is a product of Disney and Walden Media and I feel that this takes away from the film in some ways. The soundtrack was peppered by poppy songs by singers such as Miley Cyrus and this is to engage the younger 'High School Musical' and 'Hanna Montana-esque' audience. However I feel that the adaptation could have taken a more epic motion picture direction. The mythical scenes of Terabithia lack heavy CGI influence. This is not a problem at all as we are drawn into the children's imaginations regardless although it could be argued that this prevents it from being an epic.

              The book itself has been quite controversial and has been subject to scrutiny by censors in the past. I feel that the film may have used some of the more adult themes to draw in a wider audience and make this film a more 'serious' one rather than skimming over such issues. I am by no means condoning the idea that the film should have contained inappropriate material, but I feel that the serious scenes could have been more meaningful whilst serving a poignant message to the audience. I also feel that this film should have been set in the 70's like the book as it would have retained more authenticity.

              Criticism's aside the film was still powerful and emotionally charged. It definitely had me in tears. One scene which stood out to me was when the children were being attacked by the fictional dark master and were saved by a live tree who turned out to be their class bully personified.

              Although I envision this film as an epic with dark twists and turns and eventual light at the end of the tunnel, Disney did well in making this into a friendly family movie. A better soundtrack would have been nice, but all in all whilst this film was inferior to the amazing book it was good and even more child friendly.

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              24.11.2009 18:16
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              A great kids film

              note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

              Bridge to Terabithia is based on the Katherine Paterson novel of the same name, and while it is primarily aimed at children, this is a story with uncommon depth, and one that is difficult to fully appraise without giving away its brilliant conceit. While most kids fantasy films are content to skate along on the fairly well-worn cliches and conventions of the genre, this film turns that entirely on its head, levying an utterly devastating mid-film twist that makes this a children's film of a whole other sort: one that is intelligent, moving, and well worth your attention.

              Jesse "Jess" Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) is a young boy who wants to be an artist, but this is hindered by the fact that his parents have very little money. He isn't a particularly popular child, and is ridiculed by the mean bullies Scott Hoager (Cameron Wakefield) and Gary Fulcher (Elliot Lawless), but this all changes when he meets new classmate Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb).

              Leslie manages to outrun all of the boys, even Jesse, at a track event, and while this at first irritates him, he is eventually won over by her and she turns out to also be his next-door neighbour. Together, they invent a new world in their imagination called Terabithia, and while it is all well and good for the present, mid-way the film throws a massive game-changing curveball that's frankly very brave and quite shocking for a children's film, but it's dealt with well and so I admire such a bold approach.

              This is about as engaging and mature as kids films get. This film will leave you feeling pretty sad by its conclusion, and kudos for all involved for evoking some emotion in even an adult.

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              01.07.2009 17:31
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              Quality Fantasy Film

              This film is a very surprising experience. When I purchased this I expected to have film which was very similar to the "Chronicles of Narnia" which I enjoyed,

              It was not like that at all.

              Instead I got a really good story about friendship and a sons relationship with his dad and family.

              The main plot line is about how two kids who are forced together in the school environment. It shows how their friendship grows they begin to have adventures together in fantasy lands which they create.

              From the start this film draws you in. You find yourself relating to almost all the characters and remembering what it would be like if you were young again. It is brilliantly acted by the cast.

              I loved this film and it has amazing plot twist right at the end that will leave you staggered and maybe, just maybe, you may shed a tear.

              This is a very, very good film

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              18.06.2009 17:48
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              Highly recommended

              I am always surprised to find this film in the kid´s film section which I think comes from the, for me, errant advertising when it first came out in cinemas. Undoubtedly suitable for children and about children Bridge to Terabithia is an absorbing drama about friendship, family and the importance of imagination and dreams.

              Based on the book of the same name by Katherine Paterson, the story follows Jess, an artistic and quiet 12 year old boy and his developing friendship with Leslie, an eccentric girl who has recently moved in nearby. At Leslie´s prompting together they create an imaginary world called Terabithia in the woods near their houses. Whilst part of the film shows the two kids and how they escape into their fantasy world the other side deals with the relationship not just between the two friends but also between Jess and his family. Jess and Leslie also use Terabithia to help them deal with their real life issues, fighting the school bully and involving Jess´s dad.

              I found the portrayal of Jess´s father crucial to the film. Although he loves his son he has a hard time relating to him and completely fails to understand his sensitive and artistic temperament. The normal disney stereotypes of good and bad are abandoned as his father is striving to keep his family out of debt and provided for but the personality difference between him and his son creates some tension. The fact that Jess always wants to impress his father and gain his approval despite their differences is again a look at the complex relationships between children and their parents.

              Unlike many childrens´ films the end of the movie if far from sickly sweet. Whilst being upbeat not everything is portrayed as being fixed or all good, instead having a life-afirming message as it acknowledges that not everything in that life is always good.

              I found this film extremely touching without becoming sentimental and delves deeper into subtle issues of friendship and imagination than most adult films. The film was also extremely enjoyable with the vibrance and energy of the two main characters very well played. Definitely a film that can be enjoyed without having to drag along a child to justify you watching it!

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              14.05.2009 10:35

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              It's a yes from me :D

              Get your hankies ready with this one! Also, this is a review for blu-ray.

              I saw this on Play.com (I think it was one of their 3 for £30) and thought why not. It's high time my PS3 had a few blu-ray titles to play with. I enjoy a fantasy yarn and thought this one would be right up my street.

              This is a story about escapism, friendship, dealing with bullies and a really hearfelt message to boot. We're treated to a range of unusual creatures who mirror what goes on in the protaganists seemingly miserable life.

              The main young actors do a wonderful job. The girl and boy get on fantastically well in the story and it doesn't prepare you for a twist around 3/4 into the story. It may well induce an outpouring of tears, so be warned!

              To sum up then. It's a pretty original tale in my opinion and features some good up and coming actors. The only downside is the high price of Blu-Rays but then that's to be expected and it's much cheaper on DVD.

              It's a recommendation from me :D

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              30.04.2009 08:18
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              A new fantasy film from the makers of Narnia but just not as good

              This is a film which was recommended to me on my review for the Spiderwick Chronicles so after enjoying that film so much I went and got this one. The film is made by the same people who made the Chronicles of Narnia which both me and hubby enjoyed so we were looking forward to watching this. I have to say that I did enjoy it but it just wasn't a patch on the others I have mentioned.

              The film is about a boy called Jess Aarons who is getting bullied at school and is on his own. He is also left out slightly at home as he is the only boy with 4 sisters. Things soon change for Jess when a new girl moves into the house next to their farm and they find they have similar interests.

              The new girl is called Lesley and she too gets picked on at school and is a bit of a loner at home as her parents are always too busy writing boos to take notice of her. The pair strike up a good friendship and when she discovers that Jess is very good at drawing she is inspired to use her excellent imagination and make them a place which is just for them to go and spend time away from everyone and everything else.

              The place they choose is in the forest by their houses and you can only get to it by using a rope swing. They soon name this place Terabithia and life here is very different from normal life as the creatures which jess has drawn come ton life in their kingdom and Jess and Lesley are the rulers and they can do as they wish.

              How long will Jess and Lesley be able to keep Terabithia a secret and will they ever be accepted at school?

              I was expecting a lot from this film as I said before it was made by the creators of the Narnia films but I have to say that I was slightly let down by the film. The story was good and although not believable this can be forgiven as it is a fantasy film for children.

              The characters in the film were very good and the actor who played Jess did a wonderful job, for some reason he did remind me of a young Daniel Radcliff. Also the Actress who played Lesley was super in her role. The two actors had a great on screen chemistry and they worked very well together. The supporting actors were also very good and I did enjoy seeing Robert Patrick paying the role of Jess' father. I think he managed to give a good performance and show a different side to his acting ability.

              I think that the story did raise some good issues which many children have to deal with everyday, the bullying Jess and Lesley suffered at school was dealt with and portrayed very well and I liked how they did stand up for themselves in the end and so the bullies seemed to ease off from their taunts. I think this film does give out a good message to children.

              The fantasy in the film was good but I think I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the creatures which Jess had created come to life in Terabithia and the pair of them spend a little more time there as the small bits we did see were very enjoyable.

              Without giving too much away about the ending of the film, I really did not expect it to end as it did and I found it quite emotional and moving. I though that the Director did a great job of the way he handled the subject.

              The music in the film was good and although I don't particularly remember any of the tracks I do remember that they were all good and used in the appropriate places.

              The DVD which we have is the two disk special edition which is full of bonus material which includes:-

              A Quest to the Map of the Forest
              Digital Imagination: Bringing Terabithia to life Featurettes
              Behind the Book Featurettes
              Keep your mind wide open - Anna Sophia Robb Music Video
              Director / Writer/ Producer Audio Commentary
              Cast Audio Commentary
              Cast and Crew Interviews
              Gallery of Competition Winners Create paintings and Credit role of Competition entries

              ROM Content: Sketching Classes plus 3 A4 colour in printouts / Desk Top Themes / Buddy Icons

              Anyone who knows me will know that I do not like watching the bonus material as it spoils the magic of the film for me. I did not particularly buy the 2 disk special for these I only got it as amazingly it was cheaper than the single disk version of the film.

              The running time of this film is 91 minutes which I feel is a great length for children to sit and watch this for. The certificate on the film is a PG and I do agree with this as there is the bullying issue which features in the film and there are also some scenes of emotional distress.

              I got this DVD for £4.99 on EBay which I felt was a great price so do shop around for a bargain.

              I do recommend this film as it is a great children films which shows just what you can do and create with just the use of your imagination but don't expect it to be as good as Narnia or the Spiderwick Chronicles as you will be disappointed.

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                Keep your mind wide open!

                Bridge To Terabithia


                This weekend while visiting a friend we decided to have a relaxed afternoon and stick on a film and have a glass of wine. As her ten year old son was with us we decided to watch the children's movie Bridge to Terabithia. I have heard of the film before but didn't really know much about it. I didn't know who was in it, what it was about or who made the film which sometimes I think it is a good idea not knowing anything about it. I quite like these children fantasy films like The Narnia films so I thought this couldn't be too bad. What I like about children's DVD's is that they are presented really nicely and this DVD was no exception. It had an outer cardboard cover and the front cover was colourful and looked very magical, which would help attracting kids to buy it (or rather their parents). Another aspect on why I don't mind watching these films is that most of them are not very long and this film was only an hour and a half which is just right. So having our wine ready and my friends son sat on his bean bag we started it up.

                INFO

                Director- Gabor Csupo
                I can't say I've ever heard of him but Gabor has produced and worked in animation for over twenty years. He has only directed four films including 'The Secret of Moonacre'. Other than movies I would say he is more successful in TV shows mainly for children. Some of these include a favourite of mine- Rugrats, and also The Wild Thornberry's and he Simpsons, he was involved in all three mainly in producing them and helping with the animation. With this, this film should have quite high expectations but as I had no idea I watched this film with a totally open mind.

                Writers- Jeff Stockwell and David Paterson (Screenplay)
                Katherine Paterson (Novel)
                Release date- 4 May 2007
                Distributed- Walt Disney Pictures
                Tagline- Discover a place that will never leave you and a friendship that will change you forever.
                Run time- 96 Mins
                UK Rating- PG

                PLOT

                The film follows the life of a young boy named Jesse Aarons who has a tough life in the country. He is bullied at school, ignored at home and doesn't seem to have any motivation as he is always put down by his siblings. He is incredibly good at drawing which new girl Leslie notices. She is his new neighbour and the two of them become best friends as they are seen as outcasts by the school. Leslie is a very creative girl and has a brilliant imagination. Whilst playing in the woods nearby they create their own world called Terabithia which they escape to after school away from their troubles.
                However, all seems to be well when one day tragedy strikes them leaving devastation and corruption.

                CAST

                Jess Aarons - Josh Hutcherson
                Jess is a very likable character and we follow him through the whole film. You get to really know him and care about his feelings as we see him get bullied and try to gain a relationship with his father who has no interest. Jess is a quiet boy who does as he is told but is quite a sad and depressed person until he meets Leslie.
                Josh has starred in a few other children's films including Zathura (2005) and The Polar Express (2004).

                Leslie Burke- AnnaSophia Robb
                Leslie is a fun, creative girl and has a great imagination. She is open minded about everything and ignores those around her who try to upset her. She is a bubbly person who I think creates a positive feeling around those who need it. Even though she comes from a wealthy family, she is also picked on for being different to everyone.
                AnnaSophia has featured in a few other films including, Jumper (2008), Spy School (2008) and Charlie and the chocolate factory, (2005). She also sings two of the songs featured in the film.

                Ms Edmunds - Zooey Deschanel
                Jack Aarons- Robert Patrick
                Janice Avery- Lauren Clinton
                Mary Aarons- Kate Butler
                Bill Burke- Latham Gaines

                OPINIONS

                Characters and Cast

                I really liked all the characters and think they were casted very well. Jess is very likable and the character development in him is brilliant. We follow him as we see this young sad kid with no real friends struggle through day to day life and then turn into a happy, full of life child with lots of ambition. I liked everything about his character and found it very interesting to see how some children even though they are not being beaten or starved are still being abused in some way which affects their outlook on life. I liked the way the audience gets to feel so involved in his life and his thoughts. Leslie was another brilliant character. She seems older than the rest in her class not in appearance but mentally. Even though she is different to the rest and gets bullied she doesn't seem to let that affect her. She is always smiling and likes to make other people feel good about them selves. Her character is very likable and she is the main aspect of the magical touch to the film.
                Other than the two main characters all of the others played their roles well. Jess's father is played by Robert Patrick who is a very successful and well known actor. I recognised him straight away. For those who do not know his name he has starred in films such as- Balls of Fury (2007), Charlie's Angels (2003) and Walk the Line (2005). His performance is high class and it shows how ignoring a child really takes a tole on their attitude. His character also develops through the film and it is good to see a high standard actor perform just as well in a child's film.
                Another actor/actress I recognised was the music teacher who is played by Zooey Deschanel. She has starred in many productions including Yes Man (2008) and Failure to Launch (2006). She plays an interesting role and also has a positive affect on Jess and his life.

                Narrative

                The story was absolutely brilliant. There are many important morals which I thought was really nice to see which included-
                - Bullying. This is a major problem in many schools and young children are affected by this in different ways. Jess is bullied on a daily basis as he is quiet and sits drawing a lot. The popular children think he is a waste of space and he is pushed and called names. It shows how it can affect children and I think the film gave a good aspect on how you can avoid it. Jess comes to understand how just because you are different doesn't mean anything and shows he doesn't seem to care.
                - Children's Minds. This film showed how children can have such a great imagination. This world was created all by these two children and they become so involved in this world it takes over their thoughts during the day at school. It amazes me how they can create a world with creatures and rules and have great fun playing in them. I also thought how children today have no where like this to go and play which is sad, living in the country has it s positives as their were woods and plenty of games to play.
                - Parenting. The film shows how different children's upbringings can be. Jess and Leslie have very different lifestyles but still become best of friends. While Leslie has rich, caring parents she still feels a bit lonely. Jess on the other hand is totally ignored by his parents and is only spoken to when he has done something wrong or is being set chores. He craves a relationship with his father but seems that his father doesn't want to be around him.

                Bridge to Terabithia was adapted by the novel which I really want to read now to compare. The story had a good pace with plenty to keep children interested. I liked the fact that even though it is a PG it had elements to keep the adults interested too.
                The ending was really outstanding and I was really surprised. It is not predictable at all and I found myself really involved. I think it has a different ending to most children's films and it is a very unique movie.

                Filming and Effects

                The filming was good and the movie ran at a great pace. It wasn't too quick but I didn't find myself bored either. There were plenty of lovely establishing shots of the woods and where they live. The effects of the creatures were interesting. They imagine them in cartoon and then later plenty of shaped and animals become these creatures. I especially liked the warriors which were dragonflies. Their minds created these little warrior dragonflies to have mini swords and armour. It was great for small children and it was nice to see how children can make things up out of nothing.
                There were no amazing special effects in it such as films like The Chronicles of Narnia, but when they were looking at Terabithia everything changed around them. The colours of the wood, the animals and their tree house, the visions are captivating and bring a new meaning to fantasy. It is very interesting and beautiful to see these creations from children's minds.

                Overall

                There were many criticisms toward the film saying that the trailer misinterpreted what the film included. I think that this was because the film was not overly performed and did not include all this CGI like many new Disney fantasy classics. I liked the different technique used and I think it makes a change to see a Disney film kept quiet realistic and focuses on real life problems. The film won an award for Young Artists which is clearly shown with all the actors, five on the children won awards for this.
                I think this film is really lovely and beautiful to watch. It includes many aspects of life and a nice look into children's minds. It has an excellent cast, good soundtrack and a story of a unique friendship. Even though it is rated a PG I found the film quite sad for a kid's film and a caution for those who cry at films this is one of them! I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure films and obviously those who are fans of the book.
                I would defiantly rent this again and I think that adults will like it just as much as the children will.

                EXTRAS

                Official Website- http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/liveaction/bridgetoterabithia/

                The DVD can be ordered from the Disney website and can also be found on all leading DVD stores including Play.com for £4.99.

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                  27.01.2009 16:39
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                  A boy and girl become friends during the course of a summer and create a magical world.

                  Directed by: Gabor Csupo
                  Screenplay by: Jeff Stockwell & David Paterson
                  Genre: Adventure - Fantasy - Drama - Family
                  Country: USA
                  Certification: PG
                  Language: English
                  Released: 15th October, 2007 (DVD)


                  MAIN CAST:
                  Josh Hutcherson (Jesse Aarons)
                  AnnaSophia Robb (Leslie Burke)
                  Bailee Madison (May Belle Aarons)
                  Lauren Clinton (Janice Avery)
                  Robert Patrick (Jesse Aarons Sr.)
                  Kate Butler (Mary Aarons)
                  Zooey Deschanel (Ms. Edmonds)


                  Jesse Aarons, who lives in a house full of girls and is overlooked by a stern father, finds little solace in school life where he is constantly picked on and bullied. Unable to make any friends, he keeps to himself... until a new girl arrives in school.

                  Leslie Burke, the only child of two writers who tend to pay attention to her only when they have finished writing their books, finds it difficult to make friends and is lonely... until she meets Jesse.

                  The two, although they don't hit it off immediately, slowly become the best of friends, and create an imaginary kingdom for themselves filled with ogres, fairies and fantastical creatures which they rule over as king and queen. This imaginary world leads them on incredible adventures, and draws Jesse out of his shell. Together, Jesse and Leslie are invincible within their imaginary kingdom, and this newfound courage serves them in 'real' life, enabling them to face their fears and their bullies.

                  'Bridge To Terabithia' is a heartwarming tale that is beautifully acted and directed, however... it is somewhat predictable. If I have given it a 3 stars it is because of the strong acting and the charming special-effects that shine through from the imaginary kingdom... and because it was satisfactorily entertaining.

                  This is a tender movie, sure to draw a tear or two, however, don't expect anything beyond a few smiles, a random giggle and a sniffle. There is something missing from this movie which I haven't been able to pin down, something which prevents the viewer from fully bonding with the characters. It isn't the acting, far from it, the children are amazingly talented... more is it a lack in character development, something that the writers and the director should have worked on a bit more.

                  Although this movie gives the impression that it is a 'coming-of-age' movie where the characters learn a few of life's lessons that will eventually serve a larger purpose later on down the road... the truth is... there are no lessons to be learned, no coming-of-age, and definitely nothing that can be remotely misconstrued as necessary to the children's development into adulthood.

                  Recommended - but not wholeheartedly.

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                  14.01.2009 15:21
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                  A superb watch

                  I watched this at christmas in 2008 as my 6 yr old daughter had it as a present.
                  I never knew what to expect as id heard nothing about it so we sat down to watch it one cold afternoon.
                  To be honest i was into this film straight away,sometimes i lose interest,but not in this case.
                  The film is very much in the mould of a Narnia ish type film with plenty of goblin type creatures flying around in the woods.
                  The storyline is superb,without giving too much away,its about 2 young teenagers and there imaginations,having fun in the woods in there own little world,has a touch of tragedy,and gives you an idea of how some families lived or still live in parts of America.
                  The school music teacher(Zooe Deschanel)is gorgeous,so an excuse there to watch this for us dads!!
                  I cried at the end of this film as it reminds me of my daughter as shes exactly like the little girl in this film.
                  A thoroughly enjoyable watch for all the family.

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                    2 different kids become friends and tragedy strikes.

                    This is a depressing movie that was horribly misrepresented in the previews. I won't go so far as to say i hated it but i strongly disliked it. You think that the movie will be kind of mystical and fun-WRONG! I was mad that I paid full price at the theatres and would not recommend the movie unless maybe you liked the book the movie is based on. I never read the book. The actors in this movie are adorable, and the theme is good about lasting friendships and cherishing the little things in life.

                    The Story:
                    Jesse wants to be the fastest runner in fifth grade; he has even trained all summer. He is beaten on the first day of school by the adorable free spirited new girl Leslie. They become friends and make this imaginary place called Terabithia (which is really a dried up creek bed) and make themselves King and Queen. Then one day a tragedy strikes changing both children's lives forever.


                    My Opinion:
                    The actors are adorable. Josh Hutcherson plays Aaron and Anna Sophia Robb plays Leslie. The lesson in the story is good about living life to the fullest and enjoying even the mundane things. I just went into watching this movie thinking it was going to be more action and mystical. The previews made the movie seem that way and what very little action the movie had and crammed it into the preview. Maybe if I would have really understood what the movie was about I would have liked it better. The movie is more aimed for older children and adults. The movie was just to slow,long, depressing, and dull for me. Honestly I would not recommend this movie to anyone.

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                    A little imagination can sometimes go a long way. Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. He's having trouble at school with the bullies and there is a bully like troll who charges the kids a dollar to go and pee. He is fighting for the attention of his father, against his baby sister. Life for young Jesse isn't looking up, that is until the adventurous, imaginative and non-conformist Leslie Burke arrives in town. Together they form a bond and Jesse's life shall never, again, be the same. Adventures and amazement in other worlds center around these two kindred spirits, and for once, for Jesse, life isn't so bad after all. If your mind is wide enough then let your imagination take you over the Bridge to Terabithia.