The Book Thief (2013)
Critic Consensus: A bit too safe in its handling of its Nazi Germany setting, The Book Thief counters its constraints with a respectful tone and strong performances.
Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.
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as Liesel's Mother
as Liesel's Brother
as Grave Digger
as Frau Heinrich
as Football Urchin #1
as Football Urchin #2
as Fat Faced Goalie
as Alex Steiner
as Jewish Accountant
as Jewish Accountant
as Frau Becker
as Franz Deutscher
as Walter Nazi Soldier
as Jüergen the Groundsm...
as Barbara Steiner
as Buergmeister Hermann
as Ilsa Hermann
as Gestapo Agent
as Woman with Champagne
as Herr Lehmann
as Fellow Conscript
as Post Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Book Thief
Ultimately not much more complex than the moment in which two children yell "I hate Hitler" across a lake, it imparts the message that Nazis are bad, books are good, and Geoffrey Rush would make a great dad even in WWII Germany
This extremely moving drama suggests the Holocaust story Ray Bradbury might have written: Events are seen through a child's eyes; books are shown to contain a healing, transformative power; and the supernatural is real, if symbolic.
Zusak's story is stirring, and it holds the film up during most of its predictable parts, but The Book Thief never rises too far above that. The narration from Death only serves to make it more like some sort of fantastical fairy tale.
Regrettably this poignant and profound story, does not feel very poignant nor profound at all.
Showing tragic events through a child's eyes can be a powerful storytelling strategy, but there's something altogether too cosy and bland about Downton Abbey director Brian Percival's handling of the material here.
Audience Reviews for The Book Thief
The narrative style that this movie takes isn't the worst part of this movie. Occasionally funny and sweet but not enough to save you from the boredom that ensues!
Messy as this aseptic drama is from a narrative point of view, with language inconsistencies and dozens of pointless elements, it is also a mystery what it wants to say after all, lacking emotional weight and tension while being completely detached from the real world.
Courage beyond words.
Great Film! "The Book Thief" has wonderful photography by Florian Ballhaus, an excellent musical score by Golden Globe and Oscar winning John Williams, and best of all, marvelous acting from Sophie Nelisse as the young girl, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as her adoptive parents, and Ben Schnetzer as the Jewish boy they hide. Many of the core scenes with Nelisse, Watson, and Rush should be required viewing at any acting school. If the film has any fault at all, it is the decision by the film makers to try to walk a fine line between drama and fable. Having "Death" as the narrator right from the start seems to suggest fable, but the story itself veers sharply to drama for most of the 2+ hours, and then, noticeably at the end, reverts to fable. Some viewers may find this disconcerting. But the power of the story and the acting generally compensate for this short coming.
Based on the beloved bestselling book, THE BOOK THIEF tells the story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.
The Book Thief Quotes
|Hans:||I?m not sure what it all meant. Everything he went through. Everything we did.|
|Liesel:||We were just being people. That?s what people do.|
|Death:||I am haunted by humans.|
|Hans:||Better that we leave the paint behind, than ever forget the music.|
|Liesel:||It was not always mine.|
|Hans:||Did you steal it?|
|Max:||It was not always mine.|
|Liesel:||Did you steal it?|
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