If it weren’t for Katy, I probably wouldn’t have read the book before I saw the movie. This movie is what Eragon should have been: an appropriate tribute to the spirit of the book. I guess I can thank David Patterson (son of the author and screenplay). The only thing missing was the sacred grove, and with no length issues for the movie, they should have included it. Oh well, maybe we’ll get some deleted scenes.
After I read the book, I watched the movie trailer again and got really worried. I mean, Disney kept selling it as a movie along the lines of Chronicles of Narnia, which is a completely different kind of fantasy story.
Bridge to Terabithia is about the imagination of two children, not finding a magic world hidden inside a wardrobe that’s actually a metaphor for Christianity. It’s about keeping your mind open as the world around you tries to stuff you into your parent’s life. “Get your head out of the clouds!”
I recognize the kid who played Jess Aarons, but I couldn’t identify him. The girl from Winn-Dixie played Leslie Bergk and the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) stepped in as Jess’ dad. Oh! And Zooey Deschanel as the hippie singing teacher, Ms. Edmonds. I love her voice…ever since I saw Elf and heard her sing Baby It’s Cold Outside with Leon Redbone. It’s so very pretty.
This was just a really great movie and a really great book adaptation. I’m glad I got to see it before it got pushed out of theatres.