I watched this movie yesterday. Never got the chance to catch it in the cinemas last time, and this movie was recommended by one of my friends, so what the heck?
This story is about a young boy, Jesse, who is sort of an underdog in school. He trains all summer to be the fastest boy in his grade, but when the race ended he was beated by a new girl, Leslie, who turned out to be his neighbour.
Jesse is a quiet boy who loves drawing and has a wide imagination. He secretly wants his father’s love and attention, only to be scolded at times. Jesse quickly became great friends with Leslie, and they discovered a rope swing in the forest which leads to a treehouse. Using their imagination, they created a kingdom called Terabithia, with magical creatures like trolls.
One day, Jesse’s music teacher brings him to the museum for a trip. When he got back he found out that Leslie had died, being drowned in the river because the rope swing broke. Jesse came to realize his friend is finally gone, and he continues their kingdom by inviting his sister to join in.
I kind of love this movie, there’s one word to describe it, bittersweet. It’s nice and touching but so sad at the end. I have to admit Leslie’s death caught me by surprise, it was such an unexpected twist.
The actor/actress I like most is AnnaSophia Robb, the girl who plays Leslie. (who portrayed Violet Buearegarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) I think she’s very pretty and charming, giving her character that optimistic, bubbly feeling.
This movie is a roller coaster ride full of anxiety, joy, angst and ultimately, grieve and sadness.
The theme… Friendship never ends. Imagination is unending.
Rating: * * * * / 5