Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Gabor Csupo (2006)

91min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Two young outsiders find sanctuary in a world of imagination in this charming fantasy. Based on Katherine Paterson's children's novel, it's an emotionally rich testament to the life-changing power of friendship. Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb are wonderful as ten-year-old misfits Jess and Leslie, who are drawn together by their mutual alienation and delightful creativity. After an awkward introduction, they become inseparable, inventing a magical imaginary kingdom known as Terabithia (a homage to CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia) in their local woods. This attractive realm and its fantastical creatures provide a showcase for a wealth of enjoyable digital effects. Yet, ironically, it's the duo's mundane daily experiences and the way their secret exploits gradually empower them at school that are the story's greatest strengths. In his debut movie as director, former Rugrats animator Gabor Csupo tackles pre-teen issues with both wit and sensitivity, while the film's unexpectedly tragic turn makes the final segment particularly affecting.

Summary

Twelve-year-old Jess befriends a new girl at school, and the pair begin to create their own imaginary kingdom in a secret place in the woods to escape the difficulties of their real lives. Unfortunately, a tragedy threatens to bring their fantasy world to an end. Drama based on Katherine Paterson's novel, starring Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel and Robert Patrick.

Cast & Crew

Jess Aarons Josh Hutcherson
Leslie Burke AnnaSophia Robb
Ms Edmunds Zooey Deschanel
Jack Aarons Robert Patrick
May Belle Aarons Bailee Madison
Mary Aarons Kate Butler
Brenda Aarons Devon Wood
Ellie Aarons Emma Fenton
Director Gabor Csupo
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's