Tuck Everlasting (2002) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

A common fear that many people share is the fear of death. Death is inevitable, but should people really fear it, though? Some people might not even like the idea of aging, and might want to look young forever. Such powerful questions about mortality prompted Natalie Babbitt to compose one of the greatest novels for young children, and since Disney is known for making family films, it is no surprise that the film version of Tuck Everlasting would come from the House of Mouse.

A Toast

This film is a very powerful and moving love story between two people who have to question their relationship given their respective circumstances. Alexis Bledel does an amazing job as Winnie (Winifred) even though this was her film debut. The on-screen chemistry between Winnie and Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson) is definitely there, and that makes the film wildly romantic. Jesse is actually a very interesting character because he appears to be a combination between Peter Pan and Edward Cullen from Twilight. Tuck Everlasting is much more than merely a love story, though, because it offers many powerful questions about the choices that people have to make in life without delivering easy answers. It is also amazing how a live-action Disney film would make Natalie Babbitt’s beloved story into a timeless motion picture that would ask deep and philosophical questions about the nature of time itself.

Verdict

This film might not have received that much recognition when it was originally released in 2002, but it is definitely an under-rated classic. Tuck Everlasting honors the themes of Babbitt’s story while also making a film accessible to audiences who might not be familiar with the original source material. Time does keep on ticking, and no one lives forever, but Tuck Everlasting can still offer viewers everlasting knowledge about the nature of what it means to human (pun intended).

 

Tuck Everlasting (2002) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time the man in the yellow suit appears

Do a Shot: every time any of the characters wear white clothing

And then Cool Off with some Water: whenever water holds symbolic meanings in the film (including water falls, rainy weather, and the mythical spring of immortality)

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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