The Book Thief (Movie Review)

The Book Thief (Movie Review)
Hi there everyone!
Today I am going to review the film ‘The Book Thief,’
which I am sure many of you know is also a book by Markus Zusak which I have
reviewed here. It’s one of the best book to film adaptions I have ever seen,
putting aside the fact that none of the characters or scenes looked even
slightly as I imagined them, that is, I still loved it! It was released in
Although the book is told from the point of view of
Death, the movie toys with this idea only at the beginning and end, and a
little bit in the middle too. I can understand why they didn’t stress this too
much – it would be hard to portray death as a character. So I can forgive them
for this. The film, like the book is set in Germany during World War II, and
follows the story of a young girl called Liesel Meminger. She is the book
thief, who has a small habit of stealing books. And as the blurb of the book
summarises itself: When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish man in their
basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.
Although after reading the book I was tied between loving
Liesel and Rudy as my favourite characters, in the film Rudy clearly steals my
heart. He’s a little different, but he is a cute, sweet and aloyal friend to
Liesel all the way from the beginning. As well as never letting her down, he
also does all he can to stay happy and optimistic, trying to understand his
mysterious friend. I will say though, Liesel’s character also very well
portrayed. Rudy is her best friend, a boy who likes football and fancies
himself a charmer of the ladies. He can be rude, he can be nice and he can be
persistent too. Either way, he is an unshakable friend for Liesel. And Liesel
herself is also quite the character. She seems quieter than she does in the
book, and more head strong at certain times. But as an actress and an actor,
both Sophie Nilesse and Nico Liersch were breathed the characters to life in a
way I didn’t think possible.
Ben Schnetzer played Max, the Jewish man who is hidden in
their basement. In the book he becomes Liesel’s true friend and they are as
close as brother and sister. Although there was a hint at this relationship,
the movie and his acting didn’t quite cut it for me. I wanted more of an
emotional rollercoaster when it came to this character, and for me it just
wasn’t there.
The setting and costuming was very well done. As well as
the special effects in the ending – which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t
read the book or seen this yet.
The movie is rated a 12 and runs for about 130 minutes.
It was directed by Brian Percival who is best known for the work he did with
the television show Downtown Abbey. I recommend this to anyone interested in
this time period and who doesn’t mind a bit of a sad movie.
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