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Tuck Everlasting
A Movie Review by Teen Scribes
Elizabeth Horner, Leslie Logan, Christal Smith
 
The three of us watched the DVD “Tuck Everlasting” starring Alexis Bledel who played the role of Winnie Foster and William Hart as Jesse Tuck.

Christal:  This Walt Disney’s bittersweet film, Tuck Everlasting, moves along in seemingly “endless tragic life” of the Tuck family when Winnie Foster unexpectedly walked into it.  It all started when she finds Jesse sipping the water in the woods that changed Winnie’s life forever.

Winnie, a misunderstood teenager who felt outcast by her own rich parents runs away into the woods after learning of their plans to send her to a boarding school.  Winnie ends up in captivity by the Tucks.  Will Winnie be able to get away or forever be trapped in an everlasting love? 

I would rate this movie an 8 out of 10 of movies that I have watched.  I think that the movie is better than the book. The ending is somewhat disappointing but I think it is a great movie overall.

Leslie:  Tuck everlasting is a bittersweet story of how love doesn’t last.  Winnie who feels trapped in a family with an uptight mother and oblivious father gets angry and runs away to seek excitement and adventure in her life and ends up in the woods.  Would she find what she is looking for in the woods?  In my opinion, this movie rates 6 out of 10.  I like the story line but the ending is what messed it up for me.

Elizabeth: Tuck Everlasting is one of those movies that I have watched a few times whose meaning grows on me. As an elementary-level kid, Jesse’s way of looking at the world --- full of opportunities and wonder, is inspiring, especially since he never takes himself too seriously. By junior high, I wondered about the significance of love and how the movie was like a talisman that made me reflect if love is always about giving your whole heart and soul. Now, re-watching it as a high school student, I think I appreciate Jesse’s point of view of how light and darkness, life and death, cannot exist without each-other. Ten years from now or twenty years from now, I might interpret this movie yet again differently.

Overall, I think it is a good movie.  I learned to empathize with Winnie’s plights, first as a prisoner to her parent’s plans and then as a person held by the Tucks. Even Jesse’s stone-cold brother Miles turns out to have a heart as he explains how the deaths of his wife and children broke him down. I also feel that the story has a satisfying ending that is not a cookie-cutter and imparted genuine wisdom.  I recommend this movie for our young and not so young readers!


 
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