This is one of the most heart-breaking films of my childhood. ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ deals with extremely real-life struggles in a school for children. The whole film is littered with real-life situations but underlining it all it’s a beautiful film about friendship and delving into a fantasy dreamworld with the great imagination of children.
Welcome to the life of young Jess (Josh Hutcherson – Peeta from ‘The Hunger Games’), whose school life involves being bullied by various boys and eighth grade girls, and his home life involves being lost amongst a mass of children and unable to connect with his parents, particularly his father. Then introducing the new girl, Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb), who on her first day beat all the boys in a race and stands up for who she is, creating a ripple in the school dimension for only good reasons. Both bullied and seen as outsiders, they soon become friends as new next-door neighbours. Down in a forest, across a rope swing, they find the adventures of what they call the Kingdom of Terabithia. A place of imagination they dive into a world of just their own, where they fight creatures and trolls in the trees.
‘Bridge to Terabithia’ is such a beautiful, yet soul-destroying film. It’s full of adventure-filled fantasy with such real-life problems. The children struggle through but find a place of mercy and solitude for themselves where they are the King and Queen. A place where they can run and save the world. If you haven’t seen this film, it is great, although be warned for a good old cry! ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ isn’t just revolved around this fantasy world, there’s so much more to it than that!