Written November 17, 2013
This is a wonderful film, and I would particularly recommend it for families with teenage children. It deals with the terrors of the Nazi period, but does so obliquely, imagining what that world must have looked like to decent Germans who were willing to quietly resist the Nazis, but for whom the worst atrocities of the regime were only a distant rumor. The story, narrated by the Angel of Death, follows the life of a book-loving teenage girl, apparently the daughter of political prisoners, who has been adopted by a good-hearted couple who simultaneously oppose the Nazis and are terrified of the consequences of open resistance. Sometimes fairy tales tell us truths that are difficult to express in other ways. This beautiful and subtle film is a case in point.
Written December 26, 2014
I cant recall when I've last seen such a wonderful movie. From the intriguing narrator's view, to the cinematography, the storyline, the acting. Poignant, moving, well developed, making you love all the main characters.
This is a must must must see for everyone.
Written November 19, 2013
I was delighted with the outcome of this adaptation of a fabulous novel. Several reviewers have debunked the movie for making the Nazi era look rosy. They failed to realize that this was a depiction of a specific German family living under the Third Reich during the war. There have been MANY novels and movies about the Jewish, French, English, and Polish experience during WWII. This is the first novel I have read about ordinary Germans just trying to live their lives, without becoming part of the Nazi party. So OF COURSE it won't be as brutal a portrayal as if it were a POW or Jew living in a concentration camp. This was based on a YOUNG ADULT novel, not a Holocaust survivor's memoir. I have read many novels depicting this era and had never read anything from the perspective of German civilians. The movie was great at achieving this goal. I thought the casting and acting was wonderful. I knew what was going to happen and I still cried!
Written November 18, 2013
I would definitely recommend the movie. The cast was outstanding. I liked that the movie followed the book for the most part. I would have preferred to see the movie with German subtitles. Once the decision was made to film it in English, I was annoyed with Liesel's "neins" and the few other German single words tossed in. Costumes, scenery, German transport trains were all so real. The inclusion of Jesse Owens running and German newsreels about Hitler all added to the movie's credibility. This is a fine movie but so sad.
Written November 18, 2013
Huge fan of the book. Absolutely stunning movie. I laughed, cried, and fell in love with this story again. Don't miss the performances of Rush, Watson and Nelisse. Beautiful.