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17 February 2007 @ 11:48 am
First thoughts on Bridge to Terabithia  
Well, I saw Bridge to Terabithia yesterday, and I didn't hate it, so it passes the NIMH test. I have more to say about it, but I don't have enough time to write them up right now. But I do have time to say this. I've been consciously avoiding ads and reviews of Bridge, because I wanted to go into it without any preconceptions. I had heard a few rumblings online about how the ads were perhaps misrepresenting the film to some degree, but I was in no position to jude, because I'd not seen them. But last night I was watching the nieces -- actually, I'm still watching them -- and during a Sabrina the Teenage Witch marathon -- the things I do for these kids! -- I had the opportunity to see some of the commercials.

And holy crap, those are the most misleading ads I've ever seen, and I've been seeing ads for thirty-plus years now. I'm glad I didn't see them first, I would have been apoplectic with rage.
 
 
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when she smiles it's like a revelation: Buffy - Librarianfox1013 on February 17th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank GOD.

The commercials made me deeply, deeply, deeply upset, and I was vowing to never see the movie ever.

So. Yay, them being false.
elielishavah on February 17th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, from what I've seen elsewhere about Paterson supporting the movie, the way the trailers make it look like Terabithia is real (omgwhat?!?) is totally misleading.

Up until I read that, I was ready to go to the theater just to throw things at the screen.
Kerrykls on February 17th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it was good. The ads were SO bad that I was afraid the movie would be horrible. I kept thinking, you know, it's been a long time since I've read the book, but I don't really remember it as an action-adventure.
All emo from my impeachmentbrooding_soul on February 17th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Will I like BtT? Considering it's one of my favorite books?
John Heaton: moviesjheaton on February 18th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
I think that if you see it, you will come out of it thinking the book was much better and that there were some things you would have wanted done differently, but that all things considered it was a worthy adaptation. I think that if you make an effort to judge it on its own merits you will recognize that it is a pretty good movie.
homegoddess: don't mess the puppethomegoddess on February 18th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
My 11 year old son had a similar experience. He read the book 2 years ago in 4th grade. When he saw the ad he was upset and felt that it was a Narnia ripoff movie and that the book wasn't like Narnia and that the movie looked awful. He ended up seeing the movie when a boy from his 4th grade class organized a reunion and invited their teacher from that year and they all went to see the movie together. My son was very relieved and said he was "ready to eat his words."
John Heaton: Suddenly I feel very oldjheaton on February 18th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad for his sake that he wasn't disappointed by the movie. Also, I'm kind of amused at the concept of a fourth-grade reunion.