Bridge to Terabithia - Careful with Kids! ***SPOILER***

So, drawn in by the previews and trailers we had seen, we took our 5 year old to go see Bridge to Terabithia last night.

Unfortunately, we had not read the book!

First of all, the five minutes of trailer you have seen showing the fantasy parts of the movie are all the fantasy parts IN the movie. The rest is real life, no fantasy involved.

Second, and this is the big spoiler, the little girl that is the 2nd of the main characters dies about 3/4 the way through. The rest of the movie is about guilt, heaven and hell, and tears.

This is NOT a fantasy movie! The movie is more like My Girl, turned around, with a few killer squirrels and an ugly giant.

I'm not saying it was was a really good wholesome movie. It's just not at ALL what it is advertised to be. The previews make you think the whole thing is fantasy based, but really there's only about 5-10 minutes of fantasy in the whole movie, and most of it is just the kids pretending it's fantasy (like throwing pinecones or jumping high).

Go see if if you want a feel good movie that will remind you of the creativity of your youth. Don't see it with young kids unless they understand such things, since my 5 year old was bored for the most part and cried for an hour afterward because of the main character's death.

To me, explaining it would be like saying that this trailer is the real trailer for The Shining.

Verileah 17 years ago
*wince* yeah, I heard it was great, really true to the book, which I loved when I was about nine or ten. I was totally thrown by the previews and ranting about why the hell they would put all that fantasy cgi stuff in what was -not- a fantasy book.
ROzbeans 17 years ago
Ooh, thanks for letting us know. Catherine doesn't do well with separation movies or death. I had to hold her through 8 Below. =x I'll let Mike know.

Darsa 17 years ago
Hmm, after reading this I hesitated about bringing my Jen to see it... but, she REALLY wants to, and given that my kid's experienced more in the way of death in her 11 years than I had in my first 30 years, I think she'll be okay...
Lasairduan 17 years ago
Darsa, 11 shouldn't have a problem...5 definitely did!

Roz, isn't it the greatiest? I love that trailer. =)
Verileah 17 years ago
I vote for reading the book first :X.
Darsa 17 years ago
Whew! We went to see it Monday, and I cried like a damn baby. But, that's just me, I cry at commercials...

Jen handled it pretty well, tho it hit her that these kids were right around her age range and that the girl DIED... I think it scared her a little, but she really liked the movie even with that. It was amazing how the noise level in the theater just dropped after Jess was told what happened.

I'm really glad we went to go see it. And I'm even more glad that....


Jess punched that sunuvabitch that sits behind him in class! Boy, if anyone needed it, he did!
Masoyama 17 years ago
Well we have a B-Day party on next Sunday to go see this. Most of the kids are 5 and older. I hope it goes well. I am sure Jake (who is almost 5 now!!) will cry. He is sensative like that and I think he cried for the first 35 mins of Saw III.

We'll see how it goes.
Den 17 years ago let a four year old see SAW???
Masoyama 17 years ago
Not the first one that was to bloody.
Den 17 years ago
Hon, if he was crying through the first 35 minutes of the third one, it probably wasn't a good idea for him to be watching it in the first place.
Darsa 17 years ago
Wow, no kidding. I was kind of hoping that Masoyama was joking...
ROzbeans 17 years ago
I'm pretty sure he is because I know his wife would smack him upside the head if tried.
patslash 17 years ago
thanks for telling...