Feb. 20, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST
but now i am.. good riddance
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST
It's about time. Book was great, and so was the movie.
Feb. 20, 2007, 2:01 a.m. CST
the translation of this from novel to film was handled excellently. between this and gary winick's 'charlotte's web' last year, my faith in adaptations is coming back. i only hope 'the giver' is given the same respect in its translation.
Feb. 20, 2007, 2:08 a.m. CST
by Freddie Mercury
Kids would love it.
Feb. 20, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST
by Freddie Mercury
Because of Winn-Dixie. Durrrrr. IMDB ever?
Feb. 20, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST
by Azlam Orlandu
Sincerely I felt the same way about his death sitting in the theater back in 1987. Thanks for respecting that Moriarty. I too am skeptical of the new Transformers film, but I'm certainly going to give it a chance before I bash it.
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:02 a.m. CST
I think this book was important to anyone who lost someone close to them. It helped them deal with it.
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:23 a.m. CST
way to spoil it for me, Mori...
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:29 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
...or seen the movie, but from what I've read it seems like the trailer is terribly misleading (and I know all trailers are to some extent, but this one especially so). I wonder how that will temper expectations/reactions to the film.
Feb. 20, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST
.. they produced a decent kids film rather than some over the top sugary nonsense that seems to come out during the summer. Walden Media seem to be shaping up very nicely as a production company, it seems.
Feb. 20, 2007, 5:13 a.m. CST
Mori, I appreciated your spoiler warning both for its intrinsic and comedic value. but I was just thinking, honestly, didn't EVERY kid read this book? I remember having to read it in grade school, and I'm 27. my little sister is 8 years younger than me, and she had to read it...I think most of the spoiler coplaints made by talkbackers about the last couple reviews are from illiterate people, or people who were adults by the time it came out in 1977. but they're not immature enough, so I think it's just the illiterates...but they'd need some sort of device that reads out loud the text of webpages, and then allows them to dictate their text to the talkbacks. so I guess it's just rich illiterates with a lot of computer savvy. strange there are so many of them, but they are a vocal minority indeed. and they need to learn about death and loss more than anyone.<br><br>on to important business, where's your Indy 4 script review, Mori? you know you've seen it. you and Darabont are like THIS! (I didn't actually make the fingers crossed symbol, that would be silly, I just typed the word, "THIS"). <br><br>"It's official, Frank Darabont is writing Indiana Jones 4. And to be perfectly honest, I'm not excited." - Moriarty, 2002 ;o)<br><br>I knwo that wasn't cos of Darabont, but more your feelings towards the idea of a new segment. but anyway, I know you've talked with him lots, you must have seen it, I gotsta KNOW, man! please, sir!
Feb. 20, 2007, 5:37 a.m. CST
by Mike Connor
Very crushworthy either way. This book really imprinted on me as a kid. Looking forward to taking the next generation to see the movie. Just wish they could read it! Actually here's a question for people who know both: how much of the book does the movie miss and which is better?
Feb. 20, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST
by v for vienetta
Just saw Pro Life last night (bit slow to get our Masters of Horror over here in the UK), nice work - really enjoyed it. That and Sounds Like are my faves so far. Crouch End was awful and ridiculous if you've ever been to the real place! Have you done any more of 'em?
Feb. 20, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST
I never read the book so I was unfamiliar with the source material. Based on the commercials, which are very misleading, I took my 7-year old to it thinking it was another Narnia. As noted above, "Terabithia" is featured for maybe 10 minutes of the film. Most of what you see in the commercial is in the final scene of the film. The depressing stuff is VERY depressing and word of mouth will probably causes a huge drop-off in numbers next week. It's an good film though and the acting is superb.
Feb. 20, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST
But it taught me an important lesson in life: Never have children!
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST
This book was a part of Story Time! when I was in the fifth grade. Boring as all hell. Especially when your teacher just sat there for 40 minutes a school day and read it verbatim. I just took apart all of my pens out of sheer boredom. And you couldn't lay your head down and fall asleep, or you'd get yelled at. Not that I would've wanted to, all of the desks smelled like bleach. Even at the age of 10, I remember thinking how much of a flaming faggot that kid was. I know, insensitive. But this thing had absolutely nothing to do with G.I.Joe, so I could've cared less. Then one day, we got to the end and his girlfriend died in a river. I remember thinking, "Oh, fuck, she died!" and I'm pretty sure I laughed out loud. God. That Deschanel chick is pretty fucking hot, though. Her sister, too.
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST
Nobody calls Soundwave unchrasimatic!
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST
I never read it, but I know quite a few people who have and were pissed at the movie, because from the trailers they were showing on TV, it looked like utter crap.
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST
I don't want to write off the movie, 'cause it may be good, but the book just bored the hell out of me, then depressed the hell out of me. When I was a kid, it seemed as though the only purpose of the book was to do damage to me, so I rejected it utterly.
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST
Emphasis on the word 'little'. Need a pen? Maybe after you take it apart, you could jam it into your eye. ~~ What a misleading promotion this movie is getting. Looks like Narnia 2, plays like My Girl 2. Hmm.
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST
Hey Mori, I liked the review, but you included very little on the technical side (direction, script, acting) so how was all of that stuff? ;^)
Feb. 20, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST
by The Funketeer
I'm 36 years old. How is it possible any literate citizen of the United States around or younger than my age hasn't heard of this book. It was standard 4th/5th grade reading. Either way, if you really want to prepare your kids for the ending, have them read the book first. I know, reading and all that hard stuff you parents don't like to deal with. It's so much easier to plop them in front of a movie screen. But the book isn't that long and they'll have more time to be with the characters and work their way towards the ending than they would in a dark movie theater. They'll also be able to talk to you about it as they're reading instead of having to wait until the movie is over. DId I mention it's a book? Reading is good. Mori you should buy it for little Toshi now and put it away for when he's older. It's a classic.
Feb. 20, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
I can't believe it was a crocodile & not a serial killer!
Feb. 20, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST
I'm going to be one of the first around here to bad mouth the movie in any form. It starts out terrible. A Disney channel pop song or two, none of the kids can act except the two leads, and the ADR is godawful. Then the two leads get to the forest and... Magic. The movie becomes watchable, then fun, then moving, and then important. I've never seen a movie become this good this quickly. Like a freakin' phoenix from the ashes. So get through the first quarter, and it all becomes very rewarding.
Feb. 20, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
if Mori owns over 4000 DVDs, then how many books does he own? I know I've got at least four times as many books as I do movies, but then again I like books more.<br><br>I only bring this up because of Mori's statement that he wasn't aware of this book.
Feb. 20, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST
We brought our 6 y.o boy, based on the fantasy-movie" ad campaign (and the fact that I didn't really READ the reviews as much as simply note how good they all were). He kinda liked it, which is kinda surprising, given how NON-fantasy it was. He didn't freak at the death stuff, but he was affected...so he kinda got the movie at least. Seeing that we all thought it was good, it was a matinee (low $$), and I didn't read up like I normally do, I'm not THAT upset that I was mislead into thinking it was a Narnia-esque flick....but the deception was SO blatant, others really should be forewarned via threads like this one. Still...NOTHING will ever trump the absolute 'WHAT THE FUCK??' I felt after (during!) seeing Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers". You know...the sci-fi medical thriller with the red robed, creepy/evil doctors and their freaky implements. Oh yeah...that was what the ad campaign led us to believe...not that it was a phycho-drama about mental illness. The level of dupery actually superceded, for me, the fact that it was actually a good, effective movie....I just left thinking "FUCK YOU!!!".
Feb. 20, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST
I am fighting the temptation to rent "Da Vinci Code," which I know will be super-idiotic, just for the pleasure of watching Sir Ian do his thing. He's such a charismatic actor... for some reason, he's one of those people who just bring a smile to my face. <p> I know he spends a lot of time concentrating on his stage career, but COME ON Hollywood, won't someone give him a big enough pile of loot to get him into a big summer action flick or something else sublimely ridiculous? We want Sir Ian!! <p>
Feb. 20, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST
He's also just completed a couple of movies that will be out later this year. Don't recall the names, but I know there are at least two of them. He's also slated to do a "Magneto" movie as well.
Feb. 20, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST
as I am and you all know that I am, I was surprised to see them marketing this as Narnia lite. I read the book in 6th grade I think along with I Know What You Did Last Summer and some Llyod Alexander. When is Walden going to pick up on that. Does Disney still hold the rights? If so that might end up being Walden's LOTR if you will. Anyways plan on seeing this when it gets to my theatre, taking the whole fam just like I did with Narnia and I think I'll like it.
Feb. 20, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST
WHY ON GOD'S FUCKING EARTH ARE PEOPLE ASKING ABOUT IAN FUCKING McKELLEN HERE? He was great on Extras, but again, why is anyone asking HERE, much less answering that person? Though I guess I can see where someone named "daddylonghead" would have an unnatural interest on the comings & goings of an old gay dude...particularly the comings.
Feb. 20, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
and all talkbacks can shift to 18 different topics. Lighten up Deandome.
Feb. 20, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST
by SilentBob X
I RARELY use talkback but I just want to say thanks for the understanding re: Transformers. I tire of wasting bile and energy on defending a franchise. I leave it at this: If it makes you feel good and gives you fond memories, ignore the hatred. Again, thanks
Feb. 20, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST
change topics to something completely & utterly unrelated without a whiff of kevin-baconesque connection somewhere. If someone had dropped Ian's name in some context, say...had he been in Narnia, which was discussed here. Had there been ANY logical segue, I'd be OK (and don't get me wrong, I'm not really pissed, just befuddled). But if there's a 24 talkback and someone says "Hey....remember those funny group of guys in ape suits in the Ernie Kovacks show? what was their name?"....that person merits a beat-down. And yes, Sir Ian's inclusion in this thread is THAT obtuse!!
Feb. 20, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST
...talking about Transformers IS normal here, as Mori mentions it in his review...it's a big-screen adaptation of a children's 'thing' (toys/cartoon vs. book for Tabithia). Hell, I'd be OK with someone dropping a reference to Elizabeth Montgomerey/Dick York/Dick Sergent because "Tabithia" reminded them of "Tabitha". But not Sir Ian....
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
I don't even know what that means, but I for one never heard of this Terabithia until I saw the ad's for the movie. I guess my school just wanted us the read The Giver or The Rat's of Nihm, which didn't really teach me a damn thing... What is Ian McKellen doing these days, I wonder if we'll ever see him in the Hobit.
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
Per Deandome, no venturing off topic unless it's somehow tenously related to the TB topic. You dirty little billy bastard!
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
It knows my thoughts....<p>By the way, the movie does sound interesting...
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST
by Mister Man
Will the Boomers stop bitching about "Bambi"??? We've protected our children into drug-induced oblivion. Life is tough, deal with it. And, for God's Sake, DON'T apologize when you make a statement.
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
You nailed it Drew m'boy! This one is going on my "someday" shelf....to show to my (eventual) offspring someday. Right next to The Iron Giant, Star Wars and Babe (among others). I'll revisit it on the big screen too in a week or so. But I never read the book nor even heard of it until recently. Gotta get that one...
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST
He knows how to convolute!! People HAVE compared Tarabitha to other fantasy flicks like Narnia....Dum then envokes the Hobbit (by way of NIMH...I personally woulda gone "Neverending Story", as the troll in tarabithia was kinda evokitive of that flick, but I digress). Now..."WHAMMY"...he has opened the portal to the McKellenization of this thread!! FUCKING BRILLIANT!!
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST
...it's acceptable for Harry (and others) to openly discuss his desire to spooge on the chest & panties of the uber-cute AnnaSophia Robb (ala Hayden Panettier)?? WRONG!!!! IT'S A TRICK QUESTION...it was NEVER not super-creepy to discuss his desire to deflower/despoil a seventeen year old girl...thus it is even worse...perhaps CRIMINAL, to have such thoughts about a 13 y.o. BTW, if you think Dakota is a hyper-mature, pretentious freak (LOVED the SNL "Dakota Fanning Show" spoof!!), IMDB sez AnnaSophia a) insists on being called "AnnaSophia" (not THAT weird, I guess), and b) is enrolled in a "private Christian school" in Denver. Sigh...she seemed like she could/would grow up so normal....
Feb. 20, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST
This is the internet. It doesn't stop at the US border. A few of us live OUTSIDE the USA and - *gasp* - haven't read this book. It wasn't part of the NZ school curriculum, and the only reason I've even heard of this is that it was made here (like all the best films...)
Feb. 20, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST
Um...people here are all talking about how odd it seems that so few of us have ever even heard of the book, much less inferred that it was univerally read...so what's your point? Nobody's calling this movie or book an American treasure. Hell, nobody has even MENTIONED the book/movie in any nationalistic context. But I guess a hardcore inferiority complex is all we can expect from a country so insignificant it makes Australia seem like a cultural mecca.
Feb. 20, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST
been reading the posts from the beginning apparently. Several people have remarked that they thought almost everyone has read the book: "honestly, didn't EVERY kid read this book?" "How is it possible any literate citizen of the United States around or younger than my age hasn't heard of this book." Personally, I'm surprised that people think that education in the US is similar everywhere. It varies widely from one state to the next.
Feb. 20, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST
by The Funketeer
You know you can read a book OUTSIDE of school as well.
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST
by El Scorcho
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST
...and the # of posts where people say they've never read/heard of the book outnumber those who say "hasn't EVERYONE read this?" by about 5-1. That obviously includes everyone who, like me, was surprised/duped by the promotional bait/switch...had we read the book, we wouldn't have been surprised. THAT SAID...I did indeed fail to connect Funkateer's direct "...literate citizen of the United States" reference to KiwiBoy's post. Still, while I'll admit I missed it, I won't apologize, because he failed to properly reference and/or quote Funkateer's post...AND, his inferiority complex caused him to totally misread Funky's CLEAR intent: Had he said "how is it possible every literate person on Earth" )hasn't heard of this book)...he could feel offense...but when he confines the slam to literate citizens of the United States", Funky is indeed limiting his derision to our citizens...he is giving foreigners a free ride for not knowing 'bout the book. I know it's just wordplay, but I'm adamantly Anti-Semantic!
Feb. 20, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST
Strange, I haven't thought about this book in years. We used to have story time in my fifth grade class. Unlike most people my teacher, Mr. Jones, actually had a talent for reading books out loud and making them exciting. Most of the books he read where the silly fun stuff like How to Eat Fried Worms and such. This book sort of freaked me out as a kid, first it had that damn depressing ending, I think that was the first time I was exposed to a story in school that actually dealt with death in a adult manner. The thing that really got to me was that damn stream, it plays a big part in the book and on the property of my school was a stream that was just like the one in the book. Small enough that it wasn't really dangerous except in the spring time when the snow melted and it got deep enough to where you might drown in it if you slipped up. Weird thing was I never gave a thought to the danger of it, it was just something else goof around with on the playground. After the story I don't think I looked at that stupid stream quite the same way. Just part of growing up I guess.
Feb. 20, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST
And be made whole. Nyuk nyuk.
Feb. 20, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST
It ALMOST looks like you're making a killer reference to the Amstel Light "Come With Me...to Bee-Ya-Boo" radio ads that, for some reason, always made me laugh & stick thru the ad. I think it was "...the Great Tortuga Turtle nesting grounds" that got me. Maybe/hopefully that's what you're going for, but you failed to stake the joke in the heart.
Feb. 20, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST
Sorry, I'm a geek. I wish this didn't have to be a "reality is better than fantasy" kind of situation or that eye candy is becoming synonymous with bad. Frankly I thought the trailers did make it look good, a Narnia "rip off"only to asshats who don't want to look beyond a headline. But whatever, it is what it is.
Feb. 20, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST
but when they're this young, you never can be sure (think Lisa Wenchel on Mickey Mouse club). Tatum O'Neil? She seems like she's getting married to the same short-hair, blonde Pixie look in all her flicks...kind of a Samaire Armstrong Jr. Same personalities, too! Again, I'm all for her getting hot, but I don't think we can wank, er...BANK on it, yet!
Feb. 20, 2007, 5 p.m. CST
..stuck in suspended, Michael J. Fox, hormone-imabalance perpetual childhood? What was Zathura...4 years ago? He doesn't look a DAY older...this during a time where adolesences should have rendered him unrecognizable at this point. Are mom & dad pumping him w/drugs to keep him young, like M. Jackson?
Feb. 20, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST
I've e-mailed Bacombe, and he told me to e-mail you. I've done that twice but still no response. Hit me up: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 20, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST
Because your insane ramblings about pedophilia are much more valuable than a general and non-sexual appreciation of Ian McKellan. <p> Come on, don't pretend that thinking of Ian McKellan doesn't bring a little smile to your face. The man's so damned entertaining!
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST
I'm 34 and I'd never heard of this book before. Who knew. I'm just waiting for a non-shitty film version of Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain.
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:33 p.m. CST
This movie should have been more like Pan's Labyrinth; dark, grity and poignant. Instead Disney marketed the movie as a fantasy adventure like Narnia when it was much closer to Pan.. it really sucked.
Feb. 20, 2007, 8:42 p.m. CST
by Big Bad Clone
Took my kids to see it earlier this evening. The marketing was so misleading that even when I told them exactly what would happen, they dismissed me with a swift "Uh, uh."<lb><b>Even after crying her little eyes out, my daughter said she enjoyed it. I choked up a little when they showed the kid deal with his friend's death as something similar happened to me when I was younger.<lb><p>Still, some of the CGI still was pretty goofy.
Feb. 20, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST
by spanky malone
no one cares about this crap. now, NARNIA, cool. pg, but cool. this children's book crap takes up space that could be used for good movies.
Feb. 20, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST
This movie needs better marketing. Seriously. The trailers looked so cool, i read the book just because of it. And while i realized that the CG scenes were pretty much just their imagination, the book was great, and it's great to have this in a movie form. But it's the fault of the studio or whoever that this movie was not advertised right, i hope people do go out and see it, though. And boy, a few more spoiler warnings would've been nice ;)
Feb. 21, 2007, 12:24 a.m. CST
My post was removed just about an hour after being added! What gives? Are you working for Disney, and don't like criticism?
Feb. 21, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
What was the post you had about? Was it anything offensive?
Feb. 21, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST
I'm in my mid-30s, and have read a lot of books in those years, from Archie comics to stories with NO pictures of cartoon girls at all. And I've never even HEARD of "Bridge To Terabithia" until this movie came out. Now, while I'm sure that calling people who aren't familiar with the story "illiterate" makes you feel intelligent inbetween sessions of World of Warcraft... you really just come across as annoying asses in desperate need of an ego boost.
Feb. 21, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST
I'm 29. Grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I'd never heard of the book until the movie came out. And I was a voracious reader as a child. I used to stay up until 3 in the morning, reading under the covers by the light of my alarm clock. Excellent movie, in my opinion. I plan to check out the book soon.
Feb. 21, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
No one removed your post or censored you. <P>You posted your first comment under MiraJeff's review of this film. Then posted your paranoid accusations under this one. <P>Relax.
Feb. 21, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST
While I ended up enjoying this movie version of Terabithia (having never read the book), I found myself very conflicted through most of it. Yes, the death in the last act was handled very well, and quite respectful for a kids movie. But I found most of the rest of the movie to be far too pandering. Kids at their school dressed in ways that kids in small town schools would never dress. Leslie, despite coming from two "artist" parents from the big city, looked like a clown--straight out of some Urban Outfitters catalogue. The main family had all these nice things and great Hollywood hairstyles, despite being "poor." And in places where there could've been a wonderful timeless score, there were faceless pop songs. I think a lot of this junk automatically kills any sense of timelessness, and 15 years from now, people will watch it and laugh (as we do now for "cheesy" movies from the 80's). Basically, when I'm saying is that despite the good intentions, this flick was still manhandled by the usual Hollywood marketing and PR people, killing what could've been a truly classic movie.
Feb. 21, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST
However the switcheroo to this column was not obvious. Anyway I still think this movie is a fraud. I still think that if a magical world is laid out for kids, it should be maintained. How can one forget in Arthur & the Invisibles, nice cartoon work, then suddenly there is Mia Farrow passed out in her bed, then back to the cartoon! Give me a break.