Bridge to Terabithia - Magical Journey

Walt Disney
Duration: 95min
Category: family
Available: On DVD
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Family movies are often so awful that you wouldn’t want to subject your family to them. There is something wrong in our society that we feel that our children want to watch movies about fart jokes that recycle the same old messages over and over again. We’re setting our children up to be good consumers who don’t ask questions or challenge the world around them. That’s why its such a relief that occasionally, Hollywood still makes a movie for families that is as strong as Bridge to Tarabithia.

The folks at Walden Media have set out to make intelligent movies for youth that do not speak down to their audience and they’ve done it again. Bridge to Tarabithia is intelligent, engrossing, moving and, best of all, challenging.

Why shouldn’t our children enjoy films that have a good story, good characterization and strong performances? Why should children’s movies be dumbed down? What do think we are protecting our children from, the world that they live in?

Bridge to Tarabithia stars the very strong AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as the kind of girl we all had a crush on back in school. Smart, pretty, adventurous and always in control, she wakes up our young hero, played by the equally compelling Josh Hutcherson, to a much better life than what he’s been offered in the past.

I don’t want to say anything about the story as it will ruin the way the film makers tell their beautiful tale. My perceptions of the film, from the promotional material, was nothing like what it turned out to be, and that was wonderful. If you haven’t read the best seller this is based on then let yourself be surprised and taken away with the characters.

Speaking of crushes, if you don’t have a crush on the lovely Zooey Deschanel already, this film will make you fall in love. She plays the kind of teacher we all wish we had and her piercing eyes steal the show.

Treat your family to an honestly good movie for a change. Movies should not be baby sitters. At their best they should help us connect to the world around us and a film like Bridge to Tarabithia does that in a beautiful way.

Review By: Collin Smith

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