…a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms. Surely it is one of the wildest indulgences a director has ever granted himself….
It tells a simple story with vast romantic images so stunning I had to check twice, three times, to be sure the film actually claims to have absolutely no computer-generated imagery.
It’s about a young man and little girl who are recovering in a hospital. The man tells the girl a story, which comes to life in the film from the young girl’s perspective. The telling of the story turns out to be therapeutic for both of them in ways they and the audience wouldn’t predict.
I wish I saw this in the theater. This type of film makes me consider getting one of those thin 40″ televisions everyone is spending too much money on.
The movie is engaging for its story, too, not just its visuals. The acting is superb, especially the little girl. I noticed there were long, unedited scenes with her that makes me appreciate her (or her direction) more.
It’s directed by Tarsem Singh (who just goes by his first name, like Sting, but it’s not made up), who’s known for directing commercial and musical videos, although I never heard of him (no surprise there). He also directed another visual feast: The Cell, which I saw many years ago but isn’t as good as this movie.
Brief Encounter is a 1945 film about two people who meet, have strong feelings for one another, toy with the idea of taking their brief encounter to another level and then… I won’t tell you want happens.
My initial feelings were, “I’m not in the mood to watch some stiff British actors sit around a table with their cups of tea and say la-dee-da back and forth for an hour and a half” (the trailer gives that impression), but I’m glad I stuck it out. Over looking the film’s dated qualities is a small price to pay for a love story that rivals anything out of Casablanca. And what an ending!
A Peter Pan message about the power of imagination, Bridge to Terabithia is geared more towards kids than adults. However, the story eventually diverges enough from the normal sugar-coated Walt Disney production that I can recommend it for adults too. “Just close your eyes, but keep your mind wide open.” That’s an excellent line from the movie, but it only touches on one aspect of the story.
Bridge to Terabitha is not just a fun special effects movie gone wild with childish imagination. I don’t want to give anything away, but the story, although fanciful in places, is strongly rooted in the real world. From the linked FilmJerk review:
You take your kids to “Night at the Museum” or “Charlotte’s Web,” and you’ve employed a temporary babysitter. Roll them over to “Bridge to Terabithia” and you’ll feed their minds with a rich tapestry of emotional investment unheard of in today’s family film landscape. It’s a gem, and should not be missed.