Excellent Family Viewing in “Terabithia”

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.

About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

2 Replies to “Excellent Family Viewing in “Terabithia””

  1. When I saw this movie, I thought I had it figured out after watching the first 30 minutes – boy was I wrong – I did not see it coming at all.

    This is a great film. It didn’t get the appreciation it deserved when it was first released.

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