BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (2007) 7MATE, 5.30PM, PG, FANTASY
A simple rope transports broody youngster Jess ( TheHungerGame’s Josh Hutcherson) and his kooky neighbour Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb, TheCarrieDiaries) into Terabithia, a mythical land full of wondrous creatures in this delightful adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s 1978 book. Despite the Chronicles ofNarnia overtones, this is less a fantasy adventure and more a look at the power of imagination and the importance of friendship. Director Gabor Csupo, an animation veteran, makes an impressive live-action debut, while Zooey Deschanel ( 500 DaysofSummer) pops up as a music teacher who becomes the object of Jess’s first crush. ★★★★ Storm clouds gather over the world’s most famous boy wizard in the fifth film to be adapted from J.K. Rowling’s literary saga. Not only must grieving Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, above) deal with the usual teenage angst, a growing sense of isolation and an epic showdown with his evil nemesis Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), but – perhaps just as scary – he faces his first kiss. It’s lucky trusty sidekicks Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are around for moral support. New director David Yates does a respectable job of keeping Rowling’s increasingly darker tale on course, while Imelda Staunton ( VeraDrake) is exquisitely dislikable as
Friendship and fantasy: AnnaSophia Robb in Bridge ToTerabithia.