I haven't seen the whole movie since I was a very little kid and we watched it as a family. Bridge to Terabithia stars future and present stars Josh Hutcherson and Annasophia Robb, who are both lonely, live out on farms, and both end up great friends. Jess and Leslie are the only thing they have. Jess is a terrific artist and being the fastest kid in 5th grade is more or less his only reason to live. Leslie tries to stay positive to everybody, including the school thug Janice. And one day, out in the woods, they find an old rope hanging from a tree that makes you feel like you're flying when you hold onto it and go to the other side of the gulch. There, is a magical place that is my, and everyone's wonderland. Terabithia, and the two kids start going there every day after school.
Whenever the movie is situated at school, it's tedious and a bit maddening, and while I should've been having fun in Terabithia, I wasn't. There are a few action sequences, one involving hiding in a classroom, the other running super fast from the creatures they were imagining that look like cheap knockoffs of Lord of the Rings. Really? I've dreamt of stuff like flying without wings, a never-ending supply of gummy worms, and having read the Inheritance cycle, I remember a dream where I was practising "Brisingr", a spell that shoots fire from your hand. Or maybe a game of magical hide-and-seek. It simply squanders the potential. But the reason that it has the lowest grade possible is because I can't forgive how it ended up and it doesn't help that the novelist Katherine Paterson asked the director himself for a rewrite that I think everyone would've liked and he rejected two ideas that would've worked better. In fact, I can think of several ideas, but the ending goes as it was, the original idea inspired from Paterson's daughter being taken from her in a huge storm.
And you know something? The ending could've been fixed, and I know that as a fact. Anything can happen in Terabithia. Magic, right? I guess so. And because of the way it's put together, I can't even give it a D-. Bridge to Terabithia is a so-called family film, a dream that turns into a nightmare, and one of the biggest F.U.s in cinematic history!