Review: Bridge to Terabithia

Recently I came to the film, Bridge to Terabithia. The 2007 film, I know, after 7 years I finally came through it.

Being a Disney/Walden production given the trailer (which I just heard of, not actually seen,) it is believed to be something as much a magic show as Narnia but, well, it is definitely not.

The story is about a 10.year-old boy Jesse Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) who grew up in hardship, with four sisters sucking attention of his parents  away from him and a strict father, met a bright 10-year-old girl Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb). She became his first friend in school,  broadened his vision, taught him to keep his mind open and be creative, gave him courage and let him be more open to the music teacher he has a crush on, Ms. Edmunds (Zooey Deschanel). Together, they created a world called Terabithia which is full of magical creatures, from Jesse’s bold drawings and Leslie’s imagination.

Just when he decided to go to museum with Ms. Edmunds without Leslie, she died.

Some reviewers said that Leslie is angelic. To Jesse, she is – she made him brave enough to openly express himself, beat up a bully, draw bravely, and bring his sister May Belle to their world Terabithia. Seeing Jesse being able brave the world on his own, if Leslie were an angel, her mission would be completed by then.

After Leslie passed away, Jesse, with his hand of an artist, built the bridge that connects from their community to their imaginary world, Terabithia. On the bridge, with the ribbon over the coat of arms read: “Nothing Crushes Us.”

We can imagine that jesse would grow up being a great artist, expressing himself in creative ways, with deepest memories to his best childhood friend, Leslie.

This story is based on a real story happened to the son of the author of the original book, Katherine Paterson, and his childhood friend Lisa Hill.

Her son, the boy who the character Jesse is based on, is David Paterson, who became a real artist, and directed this movie.

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