The Book Thief Movie Review

The-Book-Thief_posterOn Monday, October 28th, I received an advance screening pass to The Book Thief movie. I hadn’t read Markus Zusak’s book since 2006 and although I like to think that I remember most books plots, I couldn’t seem to remember what took place in this book, so I was looking forward to seeing its film adaptation. All I could remember was that the narrator of the book was death. I didn’t feel like I had any spoilers because my mind was so foggy about it’s premise. However, you would think that if I knew that the narrator was death, I’d have packed some kleenex… but nooo, apparently, I’d much prefer to use my sleeve as tears streamed down my face. First things first, the star of the film is Sophie Nélisse who plays the role of Liesel Meminger, a young orphan who’s been adopted by Hansand Rosa, played by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Of course, being adopted would be stressful but Hans quickly eases Liesel’s ease by helping her learn how to read. The only book she brought with her when she first arrived in Germany was a Grave Digger’s Handbook, which the two read together. Their relationship was one of the most endearing Father/Daughter relationships I’ve ever seen on screen. The movie is set in a Nazi Germany where the town is covered in flags and the children sing songs praising Hitler. Any books that had modern ideas were forced to be burned in the town square and Jewish people were forced to hide their identity if they hoped to live. I saw an article recently that this movie is like a history lesson for today’s children and youth. Filled with what was once a sad reality for Germany, this movie dips into heavy topics of WWII and Nazi Germany, you spend two hours shaking your head at a back drop that was in fact a sad reality in 1940. Liesel’s love of books is at the core of this movie/book and you watch her face challenges that no young girl should have to face. Even though we all know how this war and this struggle played out for many, you’ll watch with baited breath to see how Liesel’s story will shake out. It’s tough to watch at times and as I mentioned before, you will cry, but don’t let that stop you from making a point to see (or read) this powerful story. It’s both haunting and striking. The movie will be in theatres on November 15th.

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