Saturday, February 17, 2007
Bridge to Terabithia
Staying true to the Newberry Award wining novel, Disney gives us the first solid family film of 2007 in Bridge to Terabithia. I read this book last week because of all the on-line chat about the book vs the film. The book left me in a funk for the day, because of the death of one of the characters. Very well written, very emotional. The film stays true to the book, though the character developments are very different. I think they fleshed out the relationships between Jess and his father and sister better in the film. I thought the relationship between Leslie and her parents was better served in the book. The topics of bullying, family favoritism, adolescent crushes, guilt and escape through imagination are well done in this film. There is a CGI element that is awkward and misplaced. The acting and writing is so good, they didn't have to go hi-tech, but it was OK. All of the scenes in reality were so close to what I imagined when I read the book. Well done.