Bridge to Boredom
By templedf on Feb 26, 2007
In a fit of naïvety, my wife and I went to see Bridge to Terabithia this weekend. What a total bait and switch! I was expecting something on the order of Neverending Story, but what I got was After School Special: the Revenge. This movie had more in common with A River Runs Through It than with a fantasy story. Sadly, I realized how bad the movie was going to be just from hearing the opening title music. And I wasn't wrong. The script sucked. The acting was pretty bad. What effects there were were terrible. The story might have worked as a 30-minute made-for-tv special, but it fell flat on its face on the big screen. The only part that didn't suck was getting to see Zooey Dechanel again, and she was criminally underused. I understand that it's a kids' movie, but not even that is enough to excuse this film.
Avoid this movie if at all possible. If you have children who are dying to see it, liquor up before the show or send them in alone. The only other movie I've ever seen in the theater that was as sadistically unentertaining as this one was Coffee and Cigarettes. If I weren't an eternal optimist, I would have walked out, and for me that's a huge statement. I give this film a well-deserved F.