Reel Talk: ‘The Book Thief’

by Justine Love, Contributing Writer

When Hollywood brings a novel to the big screen it can either be a tragedy or a triumph. For “The Book Thief”, director Brian Percival has captured the story line and takes us on a journey of a spirited young girl’s determination.

Set in the era of one world’s darkest hours we are engaged into the naivety of a young girl whose life is recreated by the times of the German Reich.

Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) is sent to an adopted family where she clings to three things of her past: a picture of her younger brother, memories of her mother, and a book that she picked up after it was dropped near her.

Placed into a home where she is the new daughter of a kind man Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and his spicy mouth wife Rosa (Emily Watson), Liesel’s life unfolds on Heaven Street where pieces of heaven are given to her.

The movie is truly filled with moments of comedic relief, heart felt incidents, compassion and unconditional expressions of love and friendship.

Be prepared to sit for 125 minutes of intensive drama, doused with moments of tear-wiping and superb acting.

“The Book Thief” will have you walking away with restored faith in human kindness and friendship.

I give this film 5 heartbeats and I would recommend it for anyone 13 years and older to engage them in conversation.

See you at the concession stand!

Justine Love is the director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Washington, including WPGC. Check back for more Reel Talk reviews.


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