The Book Thief Blu-ray Review

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Based on the beloved best-selling book comes an “extremely moving” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire) story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany.  When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is adopted by a German couple (OSCAR® Winner Geoffrey Rush* and OSCAR® Nominee Emily Watson**).  Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father.  When the couple then takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army, Liesel befriends him.  Ultimately, words and imagination provide the friends with an escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey). 

Now and then, I get the urge to watch a movie sort of different than what I am used to. I’ll admit that World War II, as bad as it was, has been responsible for some really great, classic films. There are countless retellings of things that actually happened, as well as fictional events. The Book thief is a good film, so I would have to say that the book is probably amiable as well. 

The film centers on a German household, trying to survive. They are housing a refugee, a young jewish buy named Max. Liesel is a woman, and the main character of this tale. I like Liesel; she is a good, strong character.  There are climactic highs and  lows throughout, by the end, we are left with a good movie. 

The main hook of this story is that Liesel steals the books in order to read and share them with others. This definitely adds a level of complexity to the plot of the film, which helps it with adaptability of audience.  True, stealing books is reckless, but I wouldn’t be doing anything to attract attention to my house if I had a Jewish refugee during the holocaust. 

Excellent directing and acting contribute partially, the firmly written script was aided by the fact that it is based on a book. The movie takes place during a dark and grey time but is still full of color and wonder. Many people will watch this film and I believe that most will like it as much as my family and I have. 

Where to purchase: You can purchase The Book Thief [Blu-ray] from Amazon for $19.99.

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1 comment:

  1. This movie is awesome! I actually rented it but I would love to own it for my library because it's one I would watch several more times over the years to come.


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