The Book Thief: A review


If your eyes could speak, what would they say?

As a writer, this is a line that really spoke to me. Words/descriptions are a way into the characters world so we can see what they do, smell what they smell, feel what they feel… but this movie is so much more than about books or writing.

Set in Germany during the WWII, we are invited to see the life of Liesel Meminger. She is a ‘book thief’ who had the very beginning of the movie is unable to read the book she’s stolen. In a new city with new parents and no friends, she meets Rudy a young boy who dreams of becoming a runner and Max who is just trying to stay alive when the government wants him, and everyone like him to cease to exist.

It is a story that is both heart wrenching and heart warming as it reveals the hardships of war, loss coupled with the possibilities of hope in the face of darkness.

It is a must see.

Next movie to look out for… Walking with Enemy… It stars Ben Kingsley, Jonas Armstrong (BBC’s Robin Hood.)


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