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 is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • 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.

  • http://pippintookrotk.blogspot.com 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.


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