Peter Chattaway on “Bridge to Terabithia”

Peter T. Chattaway, who recently reviewed The Last Sin Eater, has just reviewed a film by Christian author Katherine Paterson, the latest literary adaptation by Walden Media.

He gives it three stars, and shares his perspective, which comes with the added advantage of his thorough familiarity with the novel.

Turns out the book is one of his childhood favorites. It’s interesting to see his take on the film.

Despite its flaws, Bridge to Terabithia is a decent adaptation of Paterson’s novel, and at times it is quite moving. I say this, incidentally, as a long-time fan of the book who bought a copy with my paper-route money after my teacher read it to our class a quarter-century ago. There are plenty of things the filmmakers could have done differently, but on a certain primal level, this film gets much of the story right.

It’s also interesting to read his interview with the author, Katherine Paterson, who talks about how her faith manifests itself in her art.

Great work, Peter!

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • awalter

    I agree: at least #2 was better than #1. For me, though, the most interesting thing about Shrek is the creator of the original book, New Yorker cartoonist William Steig. If you ever get the chance, check out his neo-subversive, intelligent-design-themed children’s book Yellow & Pink.

  • redison

    Neither can I. I liked the first two, but for some reason I am not even remotely interested in this one and will probably never see it. It looks incredibly boring.