Bridge to Terabithia

What a fantastic film! Even though I hadn't read the book (I really want to, now) I was aware of the tragic twist the story takes and my MIL didn't think I should take Dane to see it (she thought the theme of death would be upsetting to him...which is somewhat ludicrous, considering that in the past year he has lost a pet kitty and his grandfather, so fictional death shouldn't be so haunting for him). As usual, I ignored her and I'm really glad I did.

Dane and I both loved it (I know he did because he sat still and hardly made a peep for over 90 minutes. He also talked about details of the film that he liked in the car afterwards). He was not really upset by Leslie's death (at least not as much as I was). Early in the film he whispered to me that the kids teasing Jess were mean...and even though these kids were significantly older than him he understood that their behavior towards Jess was cruel. His perception of their nastiness towards a nice kid is something that pleased me immensely. I don't imagine that he would ever be intentionally vicious towards another person.

It's really a beautiful film. Perfectly cast...I can't believe that Leslie was that gum-smacking brat in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." And from beginning to end I kept thinking how proud and happy I would be if Dane were to be even half as gentle a soul as Jess. As it is his closest friends are very often his female peers (like father, like son).

I will be purchasing this movie as soon as it is released on DVD. I have a feeling that this will become a real classic.

1 comment:

  1. I read this book when I was a kid and LOVED it. I can't wait to see the movie... I'm glad to hear it's as good as the book!