‘The Book Thief’: a film review

Yesterday I went to see a film called, ‘The Book Thief’. If you haven’t seen it, you won’t find it a waste of time.

I don’t usually like war films and was hesitant to go. A friend convinced me, as she’d seen it, and wanted to see it for a second time.

Geoffrey Rush was amazing. The step- mother’s part played by Emily Watson was convincing. The setting was dull in colour but charmingly authentic of war torn Germany.

Sophie Nelisse as Liesel, the heroine was magnificent. I don’t know how she could appear as a young girl and a teenager; it quite intrigued me how her legs lengthened!

For writers, this film shows the development of a small girl unable to read. Learning to read and her passion for reading gave her the power to over come adversity. Based on a true story, there are sad moments, but over all a feel good movie.

Have any of you read the book or seen the movie? What did you think?

4 thoughts on “‘The Book Thief’: a film review

  1. bkpyett Post author

    Sandy, Thank you for your opinion about the book. Shall not bother to read it now!
    Am reading ‘By Blood’ by Ellen Ullman, set in San Francisco in the 1970s, and am enthralled.


  2. bkpyett Post author

    Thanks Margaret Rose, you are right about the sound always being way too loud.
    I had to take my hearing aids out! The theatre was practically empty, like a private viewing.
    Am sure you’ll love the DVD!


  3. M. R.

    Not yet. And I shan’t until it’s available on DVD. I never go to the movies, because I can’t stand the way people behave. Also, the audio is always ‘way too loud. Much rather watch at home on my Bravia and be happy. THANKS for your review, Barbara! – I’ll keep an eye out for it!



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