watchthis: The Book Thief (2013)
Okay, okay, I know. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. A long time as in, like, three months. So a really long time.
BUT I’M BACK.
And there’s a hell of a lot of amazing books, movies, and games out right now. This is exciting stuff, guys.
I saw The Book Thief last weekend and loved it. I must admit that I’ve never read the book – though I’ve heard very good things about it – but I still managed to really enjoy the story and bawled during the film. A lot.
The Book Thief is about a German community and a girl and the people she meets during World War II. At first unable to read properly, the girl – Liesel – learns about the power of the word, and language, and stories, and books. It’s a truly beautiful story that makes for a beautiful film that, without giving away too much, will have you sobbing uncontrollably in your seat by the end. That’s a guarantee.
Filled with fantastic actors including Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Canadian newcomer Sophie Nélisse, the movie properly displays the strength of humanity and the horrors of war from the perspectives of German civilians at the time. Featuring also the clever narration of Death (voiced by Roger Allam), the film reveals the fear and destruction that the second world war brought on while at the same time highlighting the little things that kept people going.
Worth checking out, whether you’ve read the book or not. I really liked it.
The Book Thief was directed by Brian Percival and is currently in theatres.