VIDEO: Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

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It’s another Requested Review! This time, at the request of our own Full of Questions, Sofie watches the children’s fantasy movie Bridge to Terabithia, starring future Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson as a kid who’s an outsider at his school, and AnnaSophia Robb as the new girl in town. They form a magical friendship, and together they build a bridge to the fantasy land of Terabithia.

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  • FullofQuestions1

    Thank you, Sofie! I haven’t seen the movie since I was twelve, and you’ve made me want to see it again. I do remember the movie not being as good as the book, but that tends to be the case.

    The music really is good in this film, and “You’ve Got To Keep Your Mind Wide Open” (it’s a song AnnaSophia Robb sings in the movie) is one of the few songs I am willing to forgive for its cheesiness and use of autotune. That song used to play SO MUCH on the Disney Channel; it’s actually what made me want to see the movie in the first place.

    I saw this movie in a theater, and I choked up at the end too.

    • Sofie Liv

       I have never read the book, but yeah that tense to be the case so I believe you on that one.

      Yep, the music is so very good, especially just that theme, I love it.

      No I didn’t see it in theatre, it was just there at the local library, and as I always have been a big fantasy fan I just had to watch it and erh.. wow, the movie made me cry.
      Then the day after I showed it to my littlesister, and consequently we both ended up crying, and yeah, the movie did put us in denial, to do that it must have done some-thing very right :)

  • Muthsarah


    I thought this was a really sweet little movie, something that reminded me a lot of some of older kids films I watched growing up (Flight of the Navigator, Neverending Story, My Girl) – ones that weren’t afraid to be dark, or sad, or just talk about things that aren’t easily marketable to kids in that Disney kinda way.  The kinds of things that kids aren’t really exposed to anymore, at least not through entertainment.  I probably would have adored it had I still been a kid, but I think I couldn’t quite get into it – and I feel totally unreasonable saying this – because of how jaded I’ve gotten about anything sentimental, or just kids just being kids, as I grew up.

    You say you recommend this movie to those 12 and over, but I really have to wonder how a movie like this would play to teens; it’s a product of a far less cynical age, it wears its heart on its sleeve, and it wants you to care about these characters’ innocent dreams and fantasies.  With all the big fantasy movies and books we have these days, these kids’ rather simple fantasies might seem, as you mentioned about the dialogue, kind of corny.  I just really wish it weren’t that way.  The movie has a very strong 1980s movie feel (it helps that the story was written back in the 70s), and I suspect it could be one of those childhood movies that lots of people look back on fondly, without any added cynicism.  I do hope kids today (or five years ago) loved it as I loved the films I grew up with, and I would personally recommend this to any kid even eight or older, as long as they have someone to talk to about the movie, in the event it gets them a little shaken up.

    P.S. I still feel a little heartbroken over that…other matter you’re alluding to, especially since that video was the very first one of yours I saw, and the story you told was something I don’t think I’ll ever forget about or not think about whenever I watch one of your reviews.

    P.P.S. Are those arrows in your hat?  Swan feathers?

    • Sofie Liv

       Huh.. I still love good childrens movies, in fact I adore them. I am absolutely going to go over the two Nanny McPhee movies at some point and tell why they are both really good movies, and I as an adult enjoy them very much, in fact I first managed to see the sequel some time last month, and I still liked it, not as good as the first movie but still pretty darn good.
      There’s actually a couple of childrens movies down-right dealing with this very subject. “The Toy shop.” “Charlottes Web.” but neither of them does it as well as this one, and their entrance ankle to it most certainly are different.

      Yeah, Children can handle it, and more-so, children should learn of these things. What the hell are we are or they, those who are kids now, supposed to do as a genneration when they are not supposed to learn or reflect on any-thing as a child, is basically told. “Life is trouble-free.” and then suddenly is an adult and is kicked out. “Take care of yourself! and dammit, why don’t you have a job yet?”

      My childhood hero was Harry Potter, loved that book to pieces, and it talks about subjects such as racism, to act on biased feelings, regret, damnation, redemption, death, the fear of death.. Harry totally goes down with stress in the fifth book, right and wrong both in big and small situations, looking beyond your own frame and the big running theme through-out the books, which in this universe and in this narrative matters so much. “Love.” ones again.. not romantic love at all, real love. Harry’s love to his parents he can’t remember, their love to him even though they are dead, Harry’s love to his friends, Snapes Love to Lily, her love to him, again even though she’s been dead for all of the books. And the big point of the book is that the reason Voldemort is as he is, is because he was never loved and never did love.

      Compleately randomn, I just watched a few episodes of “Hey Arnold.” I didn’t get that show as a child, now I am slightly stunnd.. I mean wauw, just wauw. That show deals with the slum, it deal with real life, in the few episodes I saw it managed to deal with. “Neglect.” “Self-doubt.” “Fear.” “Acting on biased emotions.” ”Hate.” … dude, that show is kind of amazing, I now love that show. And yeah, even though I am an adult, I am still a very big fan of the childrens shows.

      I am saying twelve because it’s one of those VERY rare occasions where I wouldn’t want my eight year sit and watch it alone, perhaps I remember how disturbed I was because of the movie.. when I was sixteen!
      How-ever, I would have no trouble watching “The Toy maker.” “Charlottes Web.” or the first Harry potter movies with a eight year old, so maybe I am the one being biased here..

      Well.. thank you.
      Like the movie I have to say, it wasn’t for nothing I have most definetely taken some-thing with me and I have moved on.. doing all of this stuff, and it makes me happy to be able to do these videos, it’s what I want to do. Things like that doesn’t leave people, but I am not the only one it happened to, and I am still very fortunate, I have a family whom loves me and supports me in difficult times, I get to do what I always wanted to do. (it was always my dream to be an entertainer.) I’m doing all-right.

      Nope, they are pheasant feathers ;)

      • Muthsarah

        Oh, nothing against kids’ flicks.  I think I grew up spoiled, actually.  I have older sibs, so I grew up watching the stuff they grew up on, mostly stuff from the 80s, while I grew up with stuff like My Girl (which made me cry when I was a kid, I honestly felt like Macaulay Culkin was dead).  I grew up between heavy stuff like Neverending Story and light (if stupid) stuff like Pokemon.  I learned early on to tell the difference between serious kids’ fare (stuff that adults could appreciate as well) and stuff that was deliberately conditioned to psychologically hypnotize a child’s mind.  I feel like I dodged a bullet, and so I tended to be raised with older movies, which I still find far superior to recent stuff.  When I compare a movie to the stuff they had in the 1980s, I absolutely mean that as a complement; there was lots of good stuff there.  Even when it was kinda dumb, it wasn’t afraid to be serious at times, and it respected a child to be able to handle stuff like that, which I just don’t see in the last decade.

        I was already a teen when Harry Potter came out, so I didn’t embrace that until after the movies came out (at which point I came to accept it and enjoy it for what it was); before then, I thought it was just kids’ stuff, and back then, I was in a big hurry to grow up.  I even got to enjoy other kids’ fare that came about long after I entered adolescence, stuff like Lemony Snicket.  I say without any hesitation that kids nowadays don’t have it as good as did kids before me.  Movies like The Neverending Story would never be made today (way too dark, not built on established franchises, not amenable to action figures and other moichendaizing!), so I think Bridge to Terabithia is a rarity – a serious movie about serious stuff that a kid could nonetheless understand.  It’s the kind of movie I wish kids had more exposure to.  I understand the movie did very well financially, so I hope a lot of kids saw it and that it made an impression on them, but given all the other (really, really stupid) stuff they have thrown at them, that they haven’t forgotten it, and that they are capable of handling sometimes depressing subject matter.

        Now, I haven’t seen Hey Arnold since I was a kid either.  I also didn’t get that show at the tiime, but I was kinda done with NickToons (the channel it originally aired on over here) by then.  I hear it has something deeper to it, even Doug over at TGWTG praised it I think.  Might be worth a look, but I think I have plenty of nostalgia to burn through already.

        What is this “Toy Shop”?  I don’t remember anything by that name.  Can’t even Wiki it.

        You’re a wonderful entertainer already, Sofie, BTW.  But still, even if you want to be entertaining, and be funny and stuff, I like it best when you’re serious, and speak personally from the heart.  I hope you keep doing this as long as you want.  It’s sure wonderful that you have a family that supports you.  You’re living the dream, and I really hope you’re loving every minute of it.

        And those pheasant feathers look wonderful on you.  With your hat (not your usual hat?) and your scarf, it looks almost like some sort of Scottish tam-o-shanter arrangement, and that looks especially awesome on you.  If you combined it with your nerd-glasses, you might just make the internet melt. :)

        • Sofie Liv

          Yeah, I also feel pretty good about the kid flicks I grew up with.
          I didn’t grow up with “older.” kid flicks or any-thing like that.. except the Disney animated movies, but the stuff out of my time such as Batman Tas, Superman Tas, Animaniacs, Darkwing Duck, Pokemon (totally watched that.. a lot.. also had the game-boy game.) But that is only all of the imported stuff! because do not forget, I am not American, I am Danish! so I also grew up with some Danish childrens show you would never have heard of, or animated movies imported from other countries than the US, big surprised, Finland, French, England, Germany and so on also create children shows. And Danish television has to dub it whether it comes from the US or Germany any-ways so.. yeah. And well, even back then the European shows clearly had bigger back-bones that the US shows.. dear god “Animals of Farthing woods.” “The Moomins.” “Red-wall.” “The Rabbit mountain.” yeah kids.. why not just learn about death right away?

          And here’s the funny bit of information, the Danish television stations when they had to import this stuff, they could either buy full-rights so they could keep it in the archieves indefinetely or rent them, if they could they would buy the stuff, and you know what.. what they bought, they still re-run from time to time today, They are totally re-running Ducktales as well as Animals from Farthing wood right now so.. heh, speak for yourself and your own country :P
          Our childrens movies are actually usually still about stuff, not just talking CGI animals.. we don’t even have the budget for talking CGI animals, so we kind of have to just write a clever script.. and now I am biased, but I hope people know it’s just because I care and want childrens television to be good.

          The Harry potter movies have nothing on the books, go read the books dangit.

          It probably isn’t even called the toy-shop then.. urh. It’s about these elderly excentric man, whom owns a toy-shop, which is magical.. maybe it’s called. “The magical toy-shop.” I don’t know.. but I remember what happens in the movie which is…

          I don’t think she noticed, but I actually wore that hat for FullOfQuestions, she asked what I had been doing at my mideivel marked and my answer was. “I bought a hat.” to which she asked if I were ever going to wear it in a video, so there you go. And yep, it is actually a mideveil designed barret hat which is like the ones that Soldiers wore back in the 14-15 hundred century here in Denmark X)
          Which is after the viking-age where we sort of plundered Scotland a lot, and most probably stole some of their fashion as well, but before the renaicance where every-thing became all Shakesperian.
          We have a long history you know.

          I always just wanted to be an entertainer, and well, I always say what I meant, as far as I am concerned, good entertainment should have a point by the end.
          I cannot be gue eyed and from the heart all of the time, I mean.. then we would end up like “Batman the Dark knight rises.” where every single person have ten speeches so none of the speeches leaves any impact, it just drowns in all of the others!
          Also, life is hard enough as it is! I am here because I want to ligthen things up dammit, I think we need to light things up and enjoy ourselves, so well, I switch in between and I’ll probably continue to do so, I’m still experimenting and finding my own way in how to be funny, but we are getting there :)

  • Mike

    Great job as usual Sofie! 
    I’m curious as your thoughts on something that bothered a few people (including myself) about how this movie was promoted upon it’s release. You used a lot of the trailer in this video so I you may have seen it enough to notice that it’s kind of misleading. If you hadn’t read the book (which I haven’t) you would have thought this was like the Narnia movies where the kids actually do slip away into this other world by accident, filled with characters living independt of there own lives. In reality that CGI fantasy element (while certainly good looking) only makes up about a third of the movie, if even that much. Bridge to Terabithia was more about problems kids had to deal it with in there real homes and schools and that twist (which as you so well pointed out is very adult and heavy) is in no impleyed by the trailer, nor are any of the other adult themes! It was needlessly misleading for a movie that (as you said) was really better for older kids to be package as more carefree escapism.
    I don’t really disagree with anything you said about Bridge intself (which I enjoyed very much), only the way it was advertised.

    • Sofie Liv

       Well honestly, it did bother me when I saw it for the first time, cause I had been miss-lead as well.
      I am a huge fan of the big fantasy worlds and so on, and it was what I exspected from seeing the cover and reading the back on the DVD, which I thought was sweet, but upon re-watch it doesn’t bother me at all, because that as you said, weren’t really the point of the movie at all.

      I don’t know, the studio had all this good looking footage, how else were they supposed to advertise the thing? “Real school life! Work! family problems! come watch our movie!” … yeah.. sounds great. Well maybe they should at least have said. “Two alone souls created a world together.” that wouldn’t have been as miss-leading. And well, the ending and the ultimate point of the movie wouldn’t have left nearly as big an impact had I known of it going in.. So I think it’s for artistic reasons is good they left that out of any promotional things.

      Not like Brave where it’s a big. “Zuh?” that they didn’t tell about what the movie is about, because it happens rather early and the most of the movie is about solving that problem, so that is what the movie is about.. in that case the way they promoted the movie cheapened the experience.
      In bridge to Terabethia, leaving that bit of information out ensured a bigger impact when you got that far in the movie so erh.. not really against or even behind how they ended up doing it.

  • I’ve known there was a movie adaptation of this, but I’ve never made an effort to check it out. Although actually, I didn’t realize until now that there was a new one, with apparently more quality than the one I knew about.  Still, Narnia without the fantasy elements teaching lessons about life, was good for a one time read in elementary school but is probably too close to my real life to actually seek out the movie.  I don’t remember the novel being all that entertaining in its own right.

    • Sofie Liv

      I never read the novel, but a lot of people I talked to says that it’s really good. So I don’t know, all I have is this movie, and I think it’s rather good. 

      • Oh, I agree that it’s good… but it’s good in a way that I have no urge to experience a second time.  The subject matter just doesn’t hold anything worth returning to for me personally. Literally, it being good is the only strong memory I have of it, that and the characters being inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia.

      •  I do have a question based on other comments I’m seeing here- the comments regarding the promotion seem to indicate that the Fantasy elements are played up in this version; are you actually seeing what the characters imagine during the Fantasy sequences?

        • Sofie Liv

           Yeah you are, you see the giant troll and the magical light and the orgs running around and so on. But only some of the time, some-times you are merely seeing glimpses of them as if it’s a whole. “Are they really there or aren’t they?” thing. The movie does play a bit around with exspectations in that regard, that for a time you are fooled into thinking this place might be real, and any time some goblin prince will strode towards them and give them some sort of mission they have to go out solve for realsies, but it never happens.

  • Historylover820

    I grew up with the book, so when I saw the trailer for it, I was horrified that it was being marketed as a fantasy. But, I later watched the movie one day on TV, and I was very pleased with it. Even though I knew how it would end, I still cried. Great movie!

    • Sofie Liv

      Yeah.. I cried to upon re-watch.. there’s just some movies that never seizes to hit the right buttons in me.

      I still cry in “The fox and the hound.” even though I’ve seen that movie so many damn times when I was a kid. And I still hide behind the couch when it’s Disneys Pinnochio.. because that movie is evil!
      Also… my good friend got the bright idea we should “Life is beautiful.” soon, hell no. Because that movie makes me cry for an entire hour straight.

      • Muthsarah

        If Disney’s Pinocchio is too scary to watch and Life is Beautiful is too sad, then what’s Benigni’s Pinocchio like?

        • Sofie Liv


          • Torgeaux

            I got see Disney’s Pinocchio when I was very small and had night terrors for two weeks afterwards.  Yes, It is a marvel of hand drawn animation, but it has a very, very dark story. To me it said,”If you dissobey your parents for even the most trivial and well intentioned reasons, you will be plunged into an unimaginable hell. You will morph into a donkey and spend the rest of your life dragging coal out of a pit mine. You will also seriously endager the life of your parent(s) and get swallowed by a huge, ferocious sea monster.  That is not trivial stuff for a 5 year old to try to process.  Any moral this movie was trying to get across is more than drowned by it’s horror.

          • Muthsarah

            That’s a classic fairy tale trope:  Be virtuous or be dead.  Kids a couple centuries ago were able to take it.  The original story is far, far darker.  Pinocchio kills Jiminy Cricket (who isn’t even given a name), gets set on fire, almost gets eaten, and that other kid/donkey dies.  Disney sanitized the story a lot.

            And I loved Pinocchio as a kid.  It was my second Disney, right after Dumbo.  THAT movie scared me.  Elephants in face paint?  I avoided that movie for years.

          • Sofie Liv

             Well here’s the big difference for me.

            The original Pinnochios deal is that he is a bad kid doing bad things, so he ends up paying for it and has to learn to be a good kid to redeem himself. So all the horrible things are a bit more justiefied here. (all though, he is still only a one day old kid whom just doesn’t know better.)

            In Disneys version, he is a good kid from day one! We like him from the moment he wakes, and all does horrible things still happens to him.

            All in all, it’s just an unbelivable scary movie to me, I remember getting it as a kid, I watched it ones, was scared as hell off it, and then put it far away in my deepest drawer refusing to watch it ever again. That movie is just nothing but one terrible thing happening after the other.

            First Pinnochio gets kidnapped and locked in a little cage, forced into performing each night for strombolli, until he gets old and will be CHUBBED INTO FIRE WOODS!

            Then he gets to scary as hell pleasure island, where we watch kids get violently transformed into DONKEYS and to makes matters worse they are now yelling for their MOTHER

            Meanwhile, Pinnochios dad has been out in the rain searching day and night for Pinnochio, and ended up BEING EATEN BY A WHALE for his trouble.

            …… I hate that movie.

      • camillevwatson

        “Life is Beautiful” was a strange movie. It was half “Bonjourno Principessa” and then it went to hell. Admitably, it was well played, but the first half seemed to just go on and on and on, and you had no idea where it was going.

  • TheCrazyFish

    No offense, but I always hated this story. I feel like there’s no way to really explain why in a short comment without looking like a stupid, immature jerk so instead I’ll just link to the full review from my blog. (Also, I’m a shameless self-promoter.)