Number of Times Seen – Twice (11 Mar 2007 and 2 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A you ng boy is befriended by a new girl in school and they create a fantasy world to try and escape their troubled home lives.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out and really enjoyed it.
The overall premise of the films works quite well but upon re-watching it, it’s quite clear that this is a story that works much better on paper than on the screen because it allows the characters to be much more developed properly especially when we need to understand and deal with their thoughts besides their actions.
The characters are great together and we get to see really fun chemistry between the two young leads since it all comes across quite sincere and realistic the entire way through.
The film’s story works much better when they allow us to use our imagination to see what the kids are seeing instead of them few instances where the use effects to show us their visions and dreams of the world that they have created.
This film isn’t just a film for kids and has some very intense scenes that allow the characters to deal with real life situations that are generally shied away from in films geared towards children yet in this film it helps to enhance the plot even more and make the story much more poignant.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that probably worked much better in novel format instead of on screen. The characters are great together and the chemistry between the two young leads is enjoyable to watch because it comes across as so sincere and realistic the whole way through. The film works much better when it wants us to use our imagination instead of when it uses special effects to show us the world that they have created. This isn’t just a kids movie and has some great parts that help the characters deal with real life kinds of situations that are normally shied away from in children’s films yet here it helps enhance the plot even more. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the scene where Leslie tells Jess about Janice Avery’s home life while walking to a swing under the tree house, Jess has a slight limp. This was because during filming, Josh Hutcherson developed stress fractures in his back from constantly playing sports and being overactive. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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