Bridge to Terabithia is a film based on the novel with the same name written by Katherine Paterson. It’s a story of a pre-teen boy in the middle of growing up in a financially-struggling family. He makes friend with a new girl at school who happened to move next door. Together they wander into the woods and use their boundless imagination creating a kingdom called Terabithia.
The original story is set in 1977 while the movie adaptation shifts the story to present day. Still, the film stays true to the book. The friendship and the transformation from a boy to a teenager and later to an adult is the film major plot. The movie clearly depicts its points. The young stars Josh Hutcherson and Anna Sophia Robb share a memorable on-screen chemistry together. However, they still need to improve their acting skills. Well, it’s a long way to go for them. The most annoying part of the movie is its marketing strategy. As the movie trailer misguided audiences to think that the movie is an action adventure fantasy film while, in fact, it’s a coming of age drama focusing on how to grow up and fit in. Just like what the main character said at the end of the movie, you have to keep your mind open.
All in all, this is a good movie for children. Even though the ending is a bit sad, it’s what you have to face in real life anyway.
4 Stars out of 5 – recommend as a family movie which parents should watch with their beloved children. Keep your mind wide open.