Bridge of Terabithia is based on a novel of the same title and is directed by Gabor Csupo. The film stars Josh Hutcherson (as Jesse Aarons) and AnnaSophia Robb (as Leslie Burke). I haven’t read the novel yet but after watching the movie, it makes me want to search for this 1977 novel written by Katherine Patterson. The novel has created a controversy among the conservatives for they think that it promotes New Age religions and for its sexual content. This is a heavy drama movie. Thus, you should bring your handkerchief or a tissue with you prior to watching it.
The Origin of Terabithia
Terabithia is an imaginary kingdom. It has been said that it is likely derived from Terebinthia. Terebinthia is a Narnian island created by C.S. Lewis.
Jesse Aarons is the only son in a family of five children. His parents won’t usually give that much attention to him. On the other hand, Leslie Burke is an only child and his parents are both writers. They just moved in near to the place where the Aarons are living. Jesse and Leslie go to the same class where they met. The one characteristic that they have in common is that they are both loners. Later on, they became best friends. With that, they created their own imaginary kingdom in the woods near their homes which is only accessible by a rope swing over the creek. They called their imaginary kingdom Terabithia. Then, one day, Leslie died the day she went to Terabithia alone while Jesse was having the time of his life with his Music teacher in a National Gallery of Art. Before the parents of Leslie moved out of the place, he asked for the wooden planks in their yard and he used it to build a Bridge where he brought his youngest sister May Belle and named her Queen of Terabithia.
Casting: 4 out of 5
Cinematography: 4 out of 5
Special effects: 5 out of 5
Overall rating: 4.25 out of 5