I don’t often have the luck of opening the TV and hitting a channel where a movie just starts. Somehow during our Toronto trip and the night we decide to stay in the hotel room to eat, we land right at the start of Zathura: A Space Adventure. My best friend had seen the second half of it so the beginning was still new to her. I’ve never seen this before but always wanted to.
Director: Jon Favreau
Two boys Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Danny (Jonah Bobo) never got along especially now that their parents have divorced. When their father (Tim Robbins) leaves them under the reluctant care of their sister Lisa (Kristen Stewart) while he takes care of his work outside of the house. As Walter gets angry at Danny, he sents him down the dumbwaiter to the basement. He comes back upstairs with an old space adventure game called Zathura and asks Walter to play with him. Once Danny starts off to play the game, he realizes that the game has shifted the whole house in space physically and the only way they could win was to take turns and complete the obstacles given, reach Zathura to reset everything.
Zathura is pretty much Jumanji but in space. I’m a huge fan of Jumanji and I still have no idea why my boyfriend doesn’t like it so seeing Zathura was something that would happen eventually. I’m just beating myself up as to why it took me so long to see it after it was done. Sure, I figured out a lot of the twists but still, I bought the whole idea of it and it was crazy fun to watch. Even K. Stew can’t bring this one down. She was actually quite funny and in what other time can you see her frozen in place, and when she wasn’t, she was emoting. Good job K. Stew! Still, I’m not going to join Justin in the Kristen Stewart Defense Council anytime soon but she did good in this. Plus, just look at the picture on the top, the special effects and visuals were pretty awesome. I’d say this one satisfies both kids and parents with the story and the style.
Here we have a very young Josh Hutcherson as Walter. I’m an only child so I don’t understand the sibling dynamics but my best friend said its normal that older siblings tend to mess with the younger ones. In this one, Josh plays that older brother who somehow doesn’t like Danny because he thinks that he takes away the attention from his father or ruins everything in his life (maybe he just finds him a nuisance). As the story progresses, as much as its an adventure movie, its about them treasuring each other as brothers and putting their trust into each other also. At the same time, Danny, played by Jonah Bobo is a super cute kid and he does a really good job.
There’s a lot to love if not for the principal characters like Walter and Danny but for the other ones that show up. I’ve already discussed Kristen Stewart above but the other one was putting in the astronaut who really helps inspire the characters and help the kids through certain obstacles they probably wouldn’t otherwise. It makes something so fictional become slightly realistic. I’m guessing if any kid got time warped to another time and space, they would probably freak out and not really understand what to do so help is always needed. The astronaut also makes it a lot of fun because he’s somewhat silly at times as well so it would appeal to adults. Even in the more dangerous parts, it maintains enough intensity to hold the audience but not enough to scare the younger crowd too much.
If you read all that up there, I’m recommending this one. Its a great family adventure movie, especially if you are already a fan of Jumanji. Its lots of fun, full of great characters and even teaches a bit about the value of families especially between siblings. Kristen Stewart is enjoyable to watch, Josh Hutcherson is young and quite good (before he was all Hunger Games cool) and we even have a little bits with Tim Robbins (which I failed to mention about before). The special effects are nice and visually, its pretty beautiful. A winner all around 🙂
Are you a fan of Jumanji? Did you see Zathura? What do you think about it?