2 November 2015

The Book Thief

The Book Thief 2013
  • Director: Brian Percival
  • Based on novel: by Markus Zusak
  • Cast: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer, Barbara Auer, voice of Roger Allam
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Roger Allam – on stage at the Globe in London The Tempest, Endeavor, This England, Henry IV Part One, The Woman in Black, Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides, The Queen, V for Vendetta, Tristram Shandy
    • Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4, Intolerable Cruelty, Ned Kelly, The Banger Sisters, Frida, Lantana, Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth, Les Misérables, Shine
    • Emily Watson – The Theory of Everything, Testament of Youth, Wah-Wah, Equilibrium, Punch-Drunk Love, Gosford Park, Cradle Will Rock, Hilary & Jackie, Breaking the Waves
  • Why? The book
  • Seen: 10 October 2015 with YW in our read-book-see-film circle 

It’s hard for a film to live up to a book as powerful as The Book Thief and this film is flawed. There are too many rosy cheeks and I can’t decide what I think of everyone speaking with German accents. On the other hand, it would probably disturb me if they all spoke with British accents.
The book didn’t have a false word or nuance in it. The film has a few clichés and Hollywood touches. Sophie Nélisse undoubtedly has a fine acting career ahead of her but unfortunately she’s miscast as Liesel.
Nevertheless, it’s a good film.  Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are very good, as always. Everyday life in Nazi Germany at war is well depicted.
It’s an admirable attempt to do the novel justice.

3 ½ * of 5


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