Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Movie review - The Book Thief (2013)

The Book Thief (2013) / war drama

Directed by Brian Percival
Screenplay by Michael Petroni
Based on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Produced by Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato
Starring: Sophie NĂ©lisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, Sandra Nedeleff
Trailer: click.

Powerful and hauntingly beautiful!

Based on the novel by Markus Zusak and adapted by Michael Petroni, the film is about a young girl Liesel Meminger (Sophie NĂ©lisse) She is adopted by German family during the Nazi era. Her new parents are Hubermann couple: kind-hearted Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and tougher Rosa (Emily Watson). Liesel finds a friend Rudy (Nico Liersch) and also begins 'borrowing' books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee Max (Ben Schnetzer) who is being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. It's sounds like trouble and you need to see the family is they get caught.

Just a wonderful war film! Heavy but beautiful! Simply a story of ordinary people when faced with the hell of Hitler's Third Reich and World War II. The pace is effortless, not too fast, not too slow, story unfolds and you have time to connect with characters. A lot of things in the film are bittersweet. You laugh, you cry but most of all you feel! The cast is great! Sophie, Geoffery, Emily, Ben, Nico all done an amazing job! Film is thought-provoking, innocent in many ways, powerful and non hollywood. Loved it, one of the best film in 2013 and I highly recommend it! 5-/5

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