The Bridge is an adaptation of Karen Kingsbury’s novel of the same name. It is actually a two-part single story, but each part is an 86 minute feature-length TV film, thus the box calls this 2 movies. Not exactly. Part one you primarily meet the cast and their characters and get involved in their daily lives, all good, but almost all have a back issues they struggle with. Episode one opens in NC in 1997 when Donna (Faith Ford –queen of chirpy & perky) miscarries and she and her hubby, Charlie Barton (Ted McGinley) move on to make a new life in Franklin via their bookstore “The Bridge” which Charlie suggests is their ‘family’ they can’t have as biological parents. It works. Flash forward to near Christmas 2009. Lives are touched at “The Bridge”, including local Belmont Uni freshmen Ryan Kelly (Wyatt Nash) and Molly Callen (Katie Findlay).
Episode Two moves forward in time another 7 years to 2016 Christmas and I’ll not tell what, but the Barton’s have had disaster placed upon a disaster. He holds to his faith, she, who lives for her husband and the bookstore, gives up. They find, as individual’s life-paths are revealed, that “The Bridge” truly has given them a family who offer a hand, offer support, prayers.
“The Bridge” is old-school, traditional lifestyle storytelling about people with some serious bumps in the road. And, of course, it’s about books, real books, and the brick-&-mortar bookshop struggle. It is as holiday sweet a story as caramel-coated pecans dipped in milk chocolate. Or a mega muffin topped with a giant swirl of cream-cheese icing sprinkled with sugar/cinnamon, and a gooey inner-muffin cream.
A story with multiple themes of hope, faith, heart, perseverance, and loves.
It may seem corny in today’s movies glut of murder, monsters, & super heroes, but expect goosebumps before “The Bridge” is completed.
And for readers, I’ve read the book, and it is even better than the film adaptation. Video can never put all of one book’s story on film unless it is done in a lengthy mini-series. Book and/or DVD is sure to turn your ‘Season’s Greetings’ into the old traditional ‘Merry Christmas.’
Book Link, new or used:
[[ASIN:1476748659 The Bridge: A Novel]]