Cinema Review: The Book Thief – An uplifting story of hope amid hopelessness

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Based on the beloved international bestselling book by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

I haven’t read the book, but I’m a big fan of this movie…. It’s an uplifting story of hope amid hopelessness.

Sophie Nelisse is amazing as Liesel. She acts with the  innocence of a child but the understanding of an adult. It is amazing too see her mature during the years of the film. She actually appears to grow before the audience’s eyes.

Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are also perfectly cast as the parents. Rush is so emotional and loving as”Papa” Hans. He immediately accepts Liesel as his daughter. Watson’s Rosa is just as loving but in an entirely different hidden way. These two actors make the circle of family complete by their performances and it is beautiful to see. Nico Liersch’s Rudy will melt your heart.

A masterful tale about life, made all the more powerful by the fact that it is narrated by the supercilious voice of death

Go see “The Book Thief” and have one of the best movie experiences of the year.

Score: 10 out of 10.

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