The Book Thief – Film Review!


The Book Thief is sad, dramatic and beautiful. A wonderful and moving film has been achieved by director Brian Percival, in adapting the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak for the screen.

Set within Germany in the throes of World War II, main character Liesel finds herself placed in a new home and family on Heaven Street. Liesel, portrayed by Sophie Nélisse, is a courageous and determined, young girl who carries you through the story, alongside characters Rudy (Nico Liersch), Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson).


The film flowed at a decent pace unravelling the depths of the story as it went and drawing you in further and closer to the characters. The stunning camera work leaves beautifully haunting images in your mind; fantastically set up to create such poignant, emotional scenes, which stay with you long after the film is over.

The script is extremely well written for the adaptation, by Michael Petroni and is portrayed brilliantly by the talented cast throughout. The story told is compelling and dramatic and definitely worth watching, even if just for the pure talent of the younger cast within the film.


Overall, I think this film is a definite success and would highly recommend it- just one piece of advice, get your tissues ready!

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