A young girl (Sophie Nelisse) living with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany begins collecting forbidden books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee hiding in her home in this war drama adapted from Markus Zusak's book by screenwriter Michael Petroni (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) and director Brian Percival (Downton Abbey). Fandango
My daughter, Reagan (13) and I went to see The Book Thief tonight. It was fantastic. I'll start off by saying that I've only read part of the book. I don't know if I wasn't in the right frame of mind, or what, but I had a hard time getting into it, and just got distracted by other books and never picked it back up. So, I'm going into this, mostly, as someone who didn't know much about it. This didn't hinder me at all from loving the movie.
There aren't many movies that can make me feel such powerful emotions, but this one did. There aren't many actors that can make me forget they aren't actually the people they are portraying, but these ones can. There haven't been any movies about this subject that have captured the interest of my 13 year old daughter, but this one has. I just can't say enough about how wonderfully made this movie was.
From the cinematography to the acting, from the storyline to the pacing, there wasn't anything this movie was lacking. The time period was captured beautifully from the perspective of a German family that was trying to survive with their humanity in this terrible and terrifying time. The relationships between Liesel and Hans was so incredibly moving, as were the relationships between almost everyone in the movie. The story was emotional and heartbreaking without being too intense for a younger audience. They did a fantastic job of balancing the horror and the hope.
One of the things that I loved the most was the opportunity that I had to talk to my daughter about the movie and the history. It was interesting to hear her thoughts, and to try to explain how something like this could have actually happened, when I can't really understand it myself. But we also got to talk about how doing something right, no matter how small a thing it may seem, can have such an enormous impact on the lives of so many.
If you're on the fence about seeing this movie, I hope I can push you on over. The book is a classic, and I believe this inspirational movie will be joining that category as well.