The Book Thief (2013)


bt“The only truth that I truly know is that I am haunted by humans.” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The tale of a young girl in Germany during World War II who learns about love, life, friendship and reading good books during those tumultuous years.

My Take on it – I had heard that this was an amazing book and hoped that the movie adaptation would be worthy enough to that recommendation.

This movie takes an interesting stance towards many horrible things that happened during a very difficult era.

In order to survive, one must do many things and for the main character Liesel, it is very important to her to be able to read books even though the Nazi regime is hell bent on burning them, so she finds a way to continue with her passion.

Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson play her adopted parents who try to teach her the important lessons in life despite everything going on around them.  Their performances are genuine and you can feel the love that they have for their adopted daughter in everything that they do.

The one problem that I had with this movie is the way that it carries on it’s narration; it is from a very unexpected viewpoint and in some ways seems to be very out of place here despite the narrators connection to the happening within the movie.

Bottom Line – Interesting story set in a very interesting era.  Narration is a bit strange, but seems to work. Good cast led by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson who hold this one together.  Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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8 thoughts on “The Book Thief (2013)

  1. Can’t remember if you read my review for this one, but I like it quite a bit. I think some of the narrative a bit rushed, and some punches a bit pulled. But I like it all the same.

    I even really like the narration. I think it works (surprisingly) well. Until the climax, when the narration summarizes the biggest events.

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    • That’s always the debate. I think usually it’s better to see the movie first and then read the book cause then you appreciate the book much more. When you read the book first, you are usually disappointed by the movie. For example, I saw Prince of Tides (1992) and loved it. It inspired me to read the book which I enjoyed even more than the movie. I then re-watched the movie and hated it because they left so much out of the movie that made the book so great.

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