Zathura: a Space Adventure

Zathura: a Space Adventure

Jon Favreau (2005)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Elf director Jon Favreau's action-packed adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's children's book is great family entertainment. In this intergalactic Jumanji, brothers Jonah Bobo and Josh Hutcherson are taught life lessons when they play a dusty board game found in the cellar that thrusts them into outer space to face meteor showers, a defective robot and lizard-like aliens. The witty script generates laughs from the cryonic freezing of the boys' sister, but there are touching moments too, like the revelation of can-do astronaut Dax Shepard's true identity. Having the entire universe just outside their front door creates huge imaginative scope, while the terrific retro Dan Dare-style design matches the film's refreshing reliance on old-school special effects. Favreau brings a delightful sense of childlike wonder to this stellar comic-book fantasy adventure that offers fun - and scares - for all age groups.


Two squabbling brothers with time on their hands decide to play a mysterious old board game after finding it in their basement. A chance roll of the dice sends their house into deep space, where they must battle with aliens and work together to stay alive. Family sci-fi adventure, starring Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins and Dax Shepard.

Cast & Crew

Walter Josh Hutcherson
Danny Jonah Bobo
Astronaut Dax Shepard
Dad Tim Robbins
Lisa Kristen Stewart
Robot Frank Oz
Robot John Alexander
Lead Zorgon Derek Mears
Director Jon Favreau
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesAvailable on: DVD
Drama Children's