Director: Gábor Csupó
Original Release: 2007
Choice: Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
In time, tragedy strikes and it hits hard. What began as a story about a search for belonging becomes one about coping with loss. The change is quite abrupt, in some ways a little too abrupt. But then, life is like that, isn't it?
Obviously, the story relies heavily on child actors: always a risk. Fortunately, Robb and Madison are both delightful. Hutcherson is a bit stiff, though maybe that's not so inappropriate for the character. Somebody liked what they saw. Terabithia was the first big role for Hutcherson on the path that eventually saw him cast as Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games series.
The visual elements of the fantasy world are fun, though really Terabithia ends up being a relatively minor part of the story. Ultimately, the path we follow is Jess's emotional journey and it's a compelling one.