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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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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20 of 21 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 Mathews, 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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73 of 78 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 31 July 2014
Format: DVD
"I see their ugliness and their beauty and wonder how the same thing can be both?" - Narrator / Death (Roger Allam)

The story takes place in the time surrounding the Second World War. Young Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is removed from her commie mother and placed in a foster home. Her new foster mother appears to be cold and ruthless. Liesel must grow up and adapt to the changing social atmosphere. During this time she acquires the nasty habit of reading. However reading a secondary to what social skills she will learn, that is if she survives the war; these skills will carry her for the rest of her life.

If you are looking for something unique you will be disappointed. However for those who like challenging Junge/ Mädchen facing trials and tribulations during times of adversity than this movie is for you. The story is not unique with the exception of the subplot where it gets its title. What really makes the movie are the acting, the scenery, and even the background music, by John Williams, which acts as a character itself.

I have to admit that I have not read the book yet; therefore I can tell you whether the book by Marcus Zusak is better or not, that this movie holds its own independently.

For me the book burning scene made me feel a tad like films where they kick the family dog. It is well worth the time to view.

"I am haunted by humans." - Narrator / Death

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorien on 15 July 2014
Format: DVD
I loved this book... it is one of my all time favourite books. I was naive enough to think that such beautiful words could be conveyed to the big screen, but I was wrong. The film is slow and I didn't find the characters believable - at least, not whilst comparing them to the book! On a positive note, it's a well made film, and it does make a nice change to see the war from the German public's point of view - the men and women on the ground, as it were. And Geoffrey Rush is as wonderful as ever....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MYRNA HACKNEY on 19 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Book and DVD Purchased from Amazon

Only people with a heart should watch this DVD, and see what a dangerous possession a heart was in Nazi Germany. The three main characters in this DVD give outstanding performances, sharing and demonstrating their own humanity in the face of the evil that reached into the small street they lived in.
It doesn't matter if you have already, and hopefully, read the brilliant book the film is based on. It helps if you have. You are there, in the street, house, cellar. Starving on just pea soup three times a day, losing loved ones, being bombed. And thinking yes, yes, yes, in wars it is now also the civilian population that cops it, Nazi supporters or not!
I am Jewish and I am not celebrating Nazi Germany. I am celebrating those, not Nazis, refusing to live with fear. Read the book, watch the film so faithful to it, and the actors, especially Geoffrey Rush perhaps, I am still weeping, but then I have been, for a long, long, time.
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