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The Bridge to Teribithia
« on: February 21, 2007, 05:49:17 AM »
Anyone seen this?  It was plenty better than the first movie on this book.  It was very depressing watching it again, making our world seem so boring... back to reading lol
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Re: The Bridge to Teribithia
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007, 07:29:13 PM »
Although I enjoyed the book when I was younger--even though it sorta depressed me--I feel a bit uncertain about this new movie. From what I recall, the kids only *pretended* that Terabithia was real. They played at creating their own world. The tension in the novel came mainly from the boy's tentative participation in the make-believe and from his friend's bad home environment. Yet in the movie, it makes it seem like their imaginary world is real, and that's the source of the big drama. So I dunno how much I'll like it because I really felt like Terabithia was a means to dealing with the real conflict and not the conflict itself.
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Re: The Bridge to Teribithia
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2007, 10:50:44 PM »
Shrain, I agree with you. I was hesitant to see this movie because of the differnce in the way I remember the book, and the way  the ads portray the movie. However, I did see it and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ads are misleading--they are trying to tie into the popularity of fantasy movies. The main story was much as it was in the book, the relationship of the two kids. The movie makes it very clear that Terabithia is a make-believe world to serve as their escape from the hardships of their real lives. The children actors give spot-on performances, so I felt myself being sucked right into the story.
I did go see this movie by myself, though, because I knew my kids would snicker at me when I started crying, but I would heartily recommend this movie.
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Re: The Bridge to Teribithia
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2007, 04:00:08 AM »
Well that's encouraging, then. I apreciate the info.
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Re: The Bridge to Teribithia
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2007, 04:09:18 AM »
I was kind of hoping the movie was more like how the ads portrayed it. I remember really hating the book when I was in elementary school because it was depressing, it had swearing (albeit mild), and the title led me to believe it would be a fantasy story when it was really a stupid literary story.
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Re: The Bridge to Teribithia
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2007, 03:45:11 PM »
It took me a good 20 minutes after leaving the theatre to decide whether or not I liked it.

After the silence passed for a while, my 9 year old little sister looked up at me and said, "I didn't like it."

That was enough for me.  Not having read the book, I felt the events in the movie where over-reactions, and did not justify the *little* character development.  It was too much of a "waste."

Also,  I admit I had no idea what it was about (aside from movietickets.com summary), but thought it would be a good enough to take my little sister.  I should have taken her to see 300 - at least she would have understood the violence in that movie.

Aside from the problems with character development, the religious undertone could have had a stronger role in the movie.  However, even that only went half way. 

The special effects, casting, acting, and costume were top notch. 

Towards the end of the movie, a viewer will ask, "why?"  And that is never answered in any way.

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Re: The Bridge to Teribithia
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007, 10:58:00 PM »
Towards the end of the movie, a viewer will ask, "why?"  And that is never answered in any way.

***spoiler***

That's actually the whole point. Katherine Paterson wrote the story in response to the death of her 8-year-old son's best friend. The whole question of "why?" is such a hard one, especially for losing a child that age, losing a friend at that age. It's about coping, it's about loss, it's about all of those hard issues.

The book depressed me, but at the same time it gave me hope. Katherine Paterson is actually one of my all-time favorite authors because she's not afraid to express her religious convictions in her writing. Jacob Have I Loved is my favorite of her books, though.
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Re: The Bridge to Teribithia
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2007, 08:28:09 AM »
Kind of random, but my best friend died when I was 8.
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