The Book Thief (Movie Review)

Title: The Book Thief
Director: Brian Percival
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse
Year: 2013
Genre: Drama
Country of Origin: American
Language: English, German (very little German, no subtitles)
Age Restriction: 10–12PG V
Note: Based on the book “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
Running Time: 131
My rating: 6/10


This movie is a feel good movie, largely sanitised of the real horror of war and Nazi Germany. I expected it to be a tear jerker, but it fell just short of that. I did enjoy it immensely though there are lots of holes in the plot.

The story is narrated by the Angel of Death and the central role of Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) tells how she arrives in her new home after the disappearance of her communist mother and the death of her younger brother. What happens thereafter is, surprisingly, suitable for children in an Anne Frank innocent way.

It is a somewhat twee look at the Holocaust but I enjoyed it nevertheless.




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