Movie Review: Zathura

‘Zathura’ is a 2005 science fiction movie based on an adventure board game.

Aimed at older children, ‘Zathura’ is similar in style to ‘Jumanji’, but without the menace and threat of physical injury to the heroes.

This certainly makes for an easier audience ride knowing that brothers Danny (Jonah Bobo) and Walter (Josh Hutcherson) are not at risk of being seriously hurt as they move around the mysterious board game.


The boys bring a light-heartedness and excitement to their roles as they learn brotherly love and how to work together as a team.


Although there are some adults (Tim Robbins, Kristen Shepard and Dax Stephens) in the film’s supporting roles, they are absent for one reason or another for the bulk of the movie.


Tim Robbins plays a small role in ‘Zathura’ as the boys well-meaning – but absent – father.


This leaves it up to the brothers to figure things out – and help each other to make it safely to the end.

Directed by Jon Favreau, (‘Iron Man’, ‘Elf’, ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, ‘The Jungle Book’) , ‘Zathura’ is not as fast-paced and exciting as some of his later movies but nonetheless has it’s own classic appeal.


Favreau has refrained from going overboard on CGI and technology, which gives the film a simpler, low-tech feel.


Overall, this is a great movie for when you want a gentle but entertaining family movie.

As there is a little bit of violence and a couple of scary moments – not recommended for young kids.

Available on Netflix and you can check out the official trailer here:



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