Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen.
Beautiful movie! So sweet, adorable and sad and hard-hitting at times too!
Starts as a run-of-the-mill film, but I'll be honest I didn't see that turn in the second half coming - in a good way. 'Bridge to Terabithia', in my opinion, is just short of being anything more than good, but I go away from viewing it in a much more touched state than I would've predicted at the midway point; the second half is very well done. Josh Hutcherson (Jess) and AnnaSophia Robb (Leslie) make for a fine pairing, I bought their friendship from the beginning - Hutcherson's performance steadily gets better as the film progresses. I also took notice of Robert Patrick (Jack) and Zooey Deschanel (Ms. Edmunds), but it's very much the Hutcherson/Robb show. Overall, it's an endearing film with a pretty creative premise. I like it.