Beware! Possible spoilers below!
So i was on Reddit and was reminded that I wanted to see this movie for a while. Leslie’s death was spoiled for me on Reddit, but i honestly forgot about that spoiler until she actually died.
But once again, I started this movie expecting something else.
When this movie came out, i remember hearing people compare it to Narnia and call it a rip-off. I guess that’s what I expected when I started watching it - another type of Narnia story.
It wasn’t. At least, not to the same lever. That’s two movies this weekend that I started watching expecting something else (the other was Pan’s Labyrinth).
Over all, I liked it. Since I came in thinking there would be more magic, i spent sometime wondering when magic will start happening. And it did, naturally, but still not the Narnia level I was expecting.
Otherwise, I really liked the slice of life bits. The story was made believable, which made me happy. That meant I didn’t have to trick myself in order to comfortably sit through the movie.
I was a bit confused when towards the middle/end the producers brought in church and God and hell. In looking back, that should have been my cue to remember the spoiler, but I was too confused by the introduction of religion. The whole beginning of movie went by without one mention of religion or God, and now suddenly we find out that Jess and his entire family are pretty religious. Honestly, I felt like this was a cop out to make the father/son moment at the end, in the forest work. You can’t have a father/son talk about heaven and hell without previously mentioning their beliefs. Still, that threw me off. I believe they could have handled Jess’s sadness in a different way.
When Leslie did die, I was actually pretty surprised. What was the point of killing her off? To show the contrast between reality and imagination that Jess’s dad was already showing? Was she killed off just for the religious speech at the end? Leslie helped Jess grow stronger in his imagination, and not fear it. But it’s not like Jess was completely hopeless in the beginning. So, what was the point of introducing Leslie just so that she could die? Her death didn’t amount to anything more than the religious talk with his dad and building the bridge across the river and inviting his little sister. So, what was the point?
I’d recommend people watch it because it was good, and i really enjoyed the kids’ acting. Have Kleenex ready though.