The Book Thief 2014

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Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson star in this moving film based on the bestseller about a girl (Sophie Nélisse) who transforms the lives of those around her in World War II Germany.

Starring:
Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

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The Book Thief

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Brian Percival
Starring Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush
Supporting actors Sophie Nélisse
Studio Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2014
Format: DVD
What I enjoyed most about the film was how death is introduced as a character. It's the voice of death which is used throughout the film to narrate much of what has happened in the past.

It's death who introduces Liesel, Sophie Nelisse, in the opening scenes and death who fills in her life story in the closing scenes. He's in and out throughout the film gently taking souls while passing on his own unique and inspiring message about all he has learnt about us, the human family. Very philosophical and really quite beautiful. His speech in the closing scenes was so uplifting I was almost moved to tears.

The story concentrates on the war in Germany and focuses upon the growth of the Nazi's and the impact that has on a small town in which Liesel is taken to live with 'adopted' parents. Liesel can't read much at first but develops a passion for books. A passion that will remain throughout her life and one that's encouraged by her new 'papa' and the Jewish boy, Max, hiding from the Nazi's in their cellar.

Some of the darker events of the times are shown but the film doesn't concentrate only on the fate of the Jews. It goes to great length to highlight the absolute racism and discrimination of the Nazi's even against their own people. There are a couple of great scenes set around Jessie Owens, American track and field Olympic gold medalist, which I thought were particularly well done. What 'The Book Thief' is asking you to consider is the effect an extraordinary war had upon ordinary people and how it impacted upon love, friendship and family.

We bought the DVD last week and I've watched it twice. It really is a good movie and such a clever blend of dark/light, sad/happy. I'm more than happy to recommend.

The Book Thief is on one DVD and runs for approx. 131 minutes. The film has a '12' classification and I wouldn't recommend it for children much younger as there are some strong themes and some violence.
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film takes place in Nazi Germany. The opening narration is done by Mr. G. Reaper (Roger Allam). Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is going to live with new parents. Unknown to her at this time, her mother was taken away because she was a communist. Liesel lives with some good Germans who care for her as their own. She is illiterate but takes a shine to reading. Liesel gets engrossed in reading books, while her loving adopted Papa (Geoffrey Rush) walks the fine line by hiding Max (Ben Schnetzer) a Jew whose father saved his life in WWI. The film gets its title from the fact Liesel would steal (and then return) books from the Burgermeister.

The film contains both the feeling on impending doom and hope simultaneously. I felt like I was reading poetry while I watched the film. It was executed that well. The performances were spectacular.

Must see film for those who love a great movie. It is an Oscar worthy film for Brian Percival. I appreciate what you did even if the Academy did not.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Lady on 10 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I will be watching this film over again. A simple and realistic depiction of Nazi Germany and the perils of life at that time. Geffrey Rush and Emily Watson are perfectly cast. two other fine young actors to look out for Sophie Nélisse and Nico Liersch. Would recommend this film for a younger audience, as an insight into Nazi Germany.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lennon on 21 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"The Book Thief" is a strange movie which doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. At times it borders on sentimentalism, and appears as nothing more than a childhood fantasy of growing up in 1930's Germany. But the influence of the coming war forces it into something darker and more mature in theme.

The original book is written from the point of view of Death, the old Grim Reaper himself. While this is used as a narrative tool in the movie it is not especially effective and you easily forget about this aspect as you follow the story of the girl Liesal and the bond she forms with her adoptive parents. The best moments of the movie are those which deal with the more subtle aspects of Nazism, the indoctrination of the children with Nazi propoganda in an otherwise idyllic setting of a rural German town. It's a shame this was not developed more as scenes like Liesal happily wearing her "League of German Girls uniform" without really knowing what it stands for, was much more effective than the more familiar scenes of book burning or Nazi thuggery.

Sadly the scenes of family bonding and sentimentality that form the main focus of the film did not seem very convincing to me. Geoffrey Rush who plays the father, is just too nice, and Sophie Nelisse who plays Liesal looks more like a child model than an ordinary run of the mill girl. When the movie returns to its darker tones of war and death it has less impact because its scenes of everyday life seemed so artificial.

It is not a bad movie, but it could have been a lot better. The 12A rating is an awkward compromise as its probably a bit too grim for young children while being a little too mawkish for older audiences. Trying to appeal to everyone has left this a lesser movie, but it does have its moments and is worth watching, especially if you are interested in this era of history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HM on 20 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Watched this film on a transatlantic flight - I never got to New York so fast! Totally gripping story from beginning to end - be warned you might cry buckets like I did, but it was the best film I have seen in ages. The acting is super especially the 2 youngsters playing Liesel and Rudi. I have got the book now so have to read that too but can't wait to get the DVD. I agree with another poster this is Oscar worthy stuff.
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