Truth comes from the mouths of babes — or rather kids, or young adults, or the future of humanity. Whatever you label them, these pint-sized pulse-takers of youth culture are back this summer with their own reviews of movies for young viewers screening every Wednesday at the Chilmark Community Center.
The organizers of the Summer Film Series at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival teamed up with the Gazette to bring you reviews by Island kids, here for the summer or year-round, each Tuesday, before each Wednesday film presentation.
Today, it’s a special sister act, from kid critics Mary and Anne Ollen, reviewing Bridge to Terabithia, which plays tomorrow evening.
Bridge to Terabithia is a beautifully made movie that is 95 minutes long and features the talented Anna Sophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson as the main characters Leslie and Jess.
Jess Aarons comes from a family of five children that has little money. At school, Jess is pushed around and called names. But this all changes when the new girl Leslie Burk comes to Jess’s school and moves in next door to him.
As they become friends Leslie teaches Jess that he must keep his mind wide open and together they use their imagination to create the magical land of Terabithia deep in the woods.
The fantasy land of Terabithia is filled with all sorts of magical creatures such as a giant troll. Jess and Leslie are made king and queen of all the people of Terabithia. Together they must defeat the Dark Master and all of his evil henchmen in order to save Terabithia.
We loved this movie, which is based on the fantastic book by Katherine Paterson that teaches you about friendship, facing your fears and standing up to bullies.
Bridge to Terabithia is rated PG for some mild language, bullying and some scary situations.
Bridge to Terabithia screens at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center as part of a special evening with Michael Chapman, who was director of photography on this film.
Mr. Chapman also was cinematographer for such films as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and The Last Waltz. At 8 p.m. the festival will screen the 1974 film The White Dawn, based on the James Houston novel about three marooned New England whalers at the end of the 19th century. Cast mainly with Inuit, the film is subtitled; rated R for sexual innuendo and some violence; 110 minutes.
Following The White Dawn, Mr. Chapman will show clips and talk about the role of the movie camera.
Admission is $10, or $7 for center members; $5 for festival members.