THE BOOK THIEF – in select theaters November 8
Based on the beloved bestselling book, THE BOOK THIEF tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany.
Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse.
Directed by Brian Percival.
This movie was stunning. The visuals, the casting, the story… It was all very well done. The story of The Book Thief brings up some things we don’t usually think of when we think of World War II. The story of a child wishing to learn to read, to know stories, and to care deeply for those around her.
Now, I haven’t finished reading the book yet, but I will say that it is one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve ever seen. You can see how much care they put into making this film, not just with casting and the story, but also with the look and feel of Germany during that time.
Sohpie Nelisse was AMAZING. She was at the screening I went to, and I found out that she’s only 13 years old! She was asked if she had known much about this time period before the movie, and she said she didn’t other than reading about Anne Frank. Also, she said it was pretty interesting to go from playing a 10 year old to playing a 16 year old in a matter of two hours. She was so candid and lovely. The director, author, and producer were there as well answering questions after the movie.
I had many favorite scenes, but this one in particular was one of the best. Usually her mama is scorning her and whatnot, but when they’re sitting in the bomb shelter with everyone else on the street, Liesel starts telling this story about a little boy living in the shadows at night. It’s so beautiful.
The adoptive parents, Hans and Rosa, were absolutely brilliant. They bicker so much and it’s hilarious. I loved how much they cared for this girl! In the movie, they don’t really have too much backstory, but from what I’ve read in the book, they’re empty nesters and wanted to care for more children. The movie doesn’t mention their own children.
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