Thursday 13 November 2008
Bridge to Terabithia
I'm sure most of you around here must've never heard about Bridge to Terabithia. Well, neither did I, not until this afternoon atleast. Bridge to Terabithia is a well known novel (so it seems, even though very honestly I'd never heard about it) by Katherine Paterson. It was converted into a movie (twice, actually) in 2007 and this movie was what I happened to catch this afternoon, unintentionally.
Bridge to Terabithia is mostly about two kids Jess Aaron and Leslie Burke, both of whom are fifth graders at the same school. Jess is a poor country boy while Leslie is a new city kid who's just moved into Jess' neighbourhood. Jess and Leslie share the love for adventure. Leslie, particularly has an extremely creative mind, while Jess is a talented artist. Jess is bullied by kids at school and is very lonely even at home in the midst of five children, four of whom are girls, until Leslie comes along and befriends him. Together they escape the world to form a completely new world, away from the older people which they name Terabithia. They swing across a rope hanging above a creek and enter into an old, long-forgotten forest, where they use the power of their imagination to create Terabithia all for themselves. Jess has a crush on his music teacher, Miss Edmunds, who on learning about his art interests, invites him to accompany her to an art museum. Jess doesn't want to share the trip with Leslie and so Leslie tries to swing across the rope on her own, but due to the continuous rains, the water level of the creek increases and the rope breaks and strong currents push Leslie and she's drowned. Jess is quite devastated and blames himself for the loss. His family supports him and his father tries to explain to him that he should honour her friendship. Jess then builds a bridge across the creek and asks his younger sister May Belle, who quite admires him, to share his world with him.
The movie is very well made, though as Wiki points out, there are notable differences between the book and its adaptation. But since, I've only seen the movie, I have nothing but praise for it. The frienship has been brought out in the movie so well that you laugh when they do, and you feel like sharing their world with them. Although it's a movie primarily for kids, I don't know how you'll like it, but I enjoyed it! And when grief befalls, as Leslie's death is announced out of the blue to Jess, your heart goes out to him. I think it's s great movie with a great story. I don't know if you people want to see it, but if the review sounds appealing to you, why not give it a try???