Thursday, January 07, 2010

Bridge to Terabithia

This is possibly the best film I’ve seen since The Lord of the Rings.

A few weeks ago, my sister bought me this DVD, saying I’d like it.
Now the compulsory shout-out is over, I shall explain my outrageous opening statement by means of a review.

Bridge to Terabithia is the story of 12 year old Jess Aarons.  He is bullied at school and has no friends until new girl Leslie Burke arrives next door.  The two become friends and invent an imaginary magical kingdom in the nearby woods.  The film follows their adventures, which give them a means of escape from school and their families.
I won’t spoil any more for you.

In explanation of the opening statement:
  • The story is wonderfully told, completely convincing, and surprisingly gripping.
  • The acting is nothing short of outstanding.
  • The line between reality and imagination is trod perfectly and the two are very cleverly combined.
  • The moral of the story is vitally true but not overly preached.
  • The film moved me in a way that no other film, except LOTR, ever has.
The operative word in the opening statement is possibly – Stardust, Shrek 2, The Prestige and others are all contenders, but Bridge to Terabithia is right up there with them and is, I think, a more important film to watch than any of them.  If I could list five films you should watch to help you become a better person, Bridge to Terabthia would definitely be one of the five.  It might even be top.  It is truly superb - one of those films to which words cannot do justice.  Just watch it.  With tissues.


James Doc said...

I've just watched it... wow!

James Doc said...

So good that I have just purchased the DVD!

Anonymous said...

that movie is so sad....
I love it in a weird kind of way