Written November 24, 2013
I have not read the book and since most books are far more in depth than a movie can put on the silver screen, this book is now a must read for me. As it is though the movie was a heartfelt drama of life in Nazi Germany from many view points. The acting was superb and Liesel had me wrapped around her little finger as an endearing girl who you just routed for within the first 15 minutes of the movie. There were many twists and turns throughout the movie to never allow it to become mundane or your interest to wander. We cried & we laughed throughout it all and I found myself swept away in it's wonder & magic. This is cinematography at it's best. At the end no one got up from their seats quickly and this hush of silence was everywhere as the only sounds were those of the audience sniffling and holding back the wave of emotions that engulfed us all.
Written December 02, 2013
Originally, I wasn't interested in seeing this movie even though Geoffrey Rush and Emma
Watson are talented actors. Another movie about war wasn't too thrilling in my estimation, however, I was so happy that I did. The story was soft...the relationship of Liesel with Rudy and Max. How she so needs to read books once she learns how to read that she even steals to get her hands on anything she can. With all this war going on around her she still seems to thrive and care about others. I loved how the relationship with her foster mother grows and how they learn to care for eachother especially after her father dies. It was just a very touching story and one so worth going out of your way to see. The young actress who played Liesel is stunning. Not only a beautiful looking child but a talented one at that.
Written November 23, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant movie - the acting from all the main characters was superb but the young actress playing Liesel was outstanding!
Everyone should see this film
Written December 17, 2013
It was a very enjoyable movie; however, it is fiction that many viewers may think is based on a historical time. My only objection is that the movie sanitized the Holocaust. It did not accurately display the horror of the times, the suffering of the victims, the murders, the torture, and the cooperation of many of the civilian population. Perhaps there were some people like Hans - but there were not many.
How can we learn any lessons from the past if we turn them into fairy tales?
Written December 10, 2013
Though "The Book Thief" is not based upon a true story, in its ways, it could have. Events depicted within the story, have its merits. In general, for one, as the movie poster shows, the Nazis did have public book burning spectacles. This film has one particular interesting character. I don't want to give anything away. It's odd how I always think that subjects dealing with the Second World War are finished in the cinema, somehow there's another one to be made. I enjoyed the fact I watched this with a filled audience knowing that many (like myself) were not even born when this subject took place. It serves to remind us that repressive times like this did take place, and we must not forget, because that's why history is important.