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.
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as Narrator, Death
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 Groundsman
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
The movie lacks the nerve to treat death as anything more menacing than the tooth fairy.
Markus Zusak's enormously successful young-adult novel seems to have been adapted as a movie for middle-aged children.
Pretty visuals give an unexpectedly painful twist to other parts of the story.
You just wonder if this film's audience might be happier at home, curled up with a book. "The Book Thief," perhaps.
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|
|Death:||I am haunted by humans.|
|Hans:||"Better that we leave the paint behind, than ever forget the music."|
|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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