`Inkheart' is a pretty decent fantasy adventure about a man (called a Silvertongue) who can read books aloud and make then come alive. He did exactly this many years ago and lost his wife into a book, whilst setting some rather unsavoury characters free. As you can imagine this would lead to many adventures and how they are resolved is where this film leads. There are numerous literary references throughout this film, from Peter Pan to The Wizard of Oz, Huckleberry Finn to The Minotaur and more besides and this aspect makes the film more magical as the main characters interact with characters from classic fiction of the past. Andy Serkis plays an excellent baddie and the strong fantasy elements make the battle between good and evil all the more potent. Having not read the original book I came to his film with no preconceptions and also had the luxury of not being disappointed by any changes to the storyline. As a stand alone film this makes good viewing and just over 100 minutes of fantasy adventure suitable for all the family. I have seen better fantasy films (`Stardust' being one of them) but this still isn't bad and it is a good way to spend an afternoon. Worth a viewing.
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