Reviews and Problems with Zathura: A Space Adventure
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Movie overall 10
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
16 July 2011
Conclusion: Zathura may share with Jumanji the basic common threads of its storyline, but Director Jon Favreau's film is not only the superior of the two in terms of raw craftsmanship and fun factor, it's also pretty much a perfect little kid-centric adventure film that's suitable for the whole family. Sure it flubs some basic scientific truths, but this is a Fantasy/Adventure film, not a dissertation or treatise on how things work in outer space.
Conclusion: 'Zathura' isn't just 'Jumanji' for a newer crowd. It's a wholly unique, thoroughly entertaining and thoughtful film that understands the often tense dynamic that exists between brothers. Childhood is a competitive time, where brothers tend to vie for their parent's attention. They try to outdo each other, and they've learned the art manipulation in its finest and most destructive forms.