The Book Thief – Movie Review

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The Book Thief is an incredible story to read and as soon as I found out it was being made into a movie I was excited to see it and wary of how they would portray it. I reviewed the book in a post not long ago and you can find it here if you are interested; The Book Thief – Markus Zusak.

On Friday night I went to see the movie and despite it already being out a few days there was still a packed screen ready to delve into the world of Nazi Germany.

The movie ran for over two hours and when I originally saw this timescale I thought the worst that maybe it would be too long and boring or that they’ve fabricated the story in some horrible way. After seeing the movie I actually wish it had have been longer, when I think back to the book there are so many different things going on in the background or with Liesel, the main character. Film_Review_The_Book_Thief-0dc27 I feel that most of the events that took place in the book were covered in the movie but none were to the same depths as they are in the book. This is understandable though as there is only so much a movie can cover given the time restraints. Saying this I thought the events of the book were portrayed really well, even if in some parts they were rushed, but for viewers that have never read the book they would never know what was missing and therefore the scenes show enough to understand the principles and morals of the story.

The actors that were chosen for the movie were perfect; I especially enjoyed Geoffrey Rush as Hans Hubermann. I might be the only one but throughout the book he was my favourite character with his quirks and kindness, the way he spoke to Liesel and the overall relationships he had with the other characters. I also thought that Sophie Nélisse embodied Liesel Meminger perfectly and not only did she do a magnificent job acting the part but I feel the casting director did a brilliant job choosing Sophie Nélisse for the part. Nico Liersch as Rudy Steiner was as fun and mischievous as he is in the book and acted the part perfectly too. One thing I was worried about when I heard about the movie was the descriptions of the characters in the book and their personalities changing for the viewing audience. However this is something that I didn’t need to be concerned with as the movie was very well presented to include even a ‘Saumensch’ from Rosa Hubermann and the gentle, caring actions of Max Vandenburg.

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Overall I found the movie to be a wonderful adaptation on the book however if any of you have read my posts before you will probably know what I am about to say; the book was better. As much as I loved being able to watch the story unfold on the screen I couldn’t help but think about how I felt when I read the book. The narrator provoked so many different feelings with how he portrayed death at that time and the overall connection with the characters was so much stronger whilst reading The Book Thief. The lives unfold in front of you at a slower pace and you watch all the characters grow and develop as they are faced with different hurdles. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and would even say it is one of the best adaptations I have seen of a book but it can’t be denied that usually with all book to movie adaptations, the book will always be better. I would give the movie a 4 out of 5 because it was great, very well done and I probably will buy it on DVD and watch it again.

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7 thoughts on “The Book Thief – Movie Review

  1. didibooksenglish says:

    Read this one with my book club about a couple of years ago. Liked it but didn’t love it. Still not sure why everybody is raving about it. Found it interesting how it go marketed as YA in the US but it is in fact adult fiction in Australia. Still on the fence about actually seeing the film.

    • mrsmamfa says:

      I really enjoyed the book, but when it came to the movie it didn’t have the same connection for me as the book did. I still really enjoyed it though and you should go just to see what you make of it. Maybe you’ll enjoy it better than the book? That is so strange, I have no idea how I would categorise it but probably not YA, it seems to have a more serious feel to it.

      • didibooksenglish says:

        It’s adult fiction. It was only put in the YA section because the main character is a child. I just found it overall slow even though there were some scenes that marked me.

      • mrsmamfa says:

        I find it very strange in YA, I found it hauntingly beautiful. It was a very human side to war instead of the usual tactical, military approach. I can understand your views on it being a little slow in some areas. I overlooked them because I found the amount of activity throughout the rest of the book outweighed it. Thank you for commenting Didi! 🙂

  2. CMrok93 says:

    Could have been very offensive, but wasn’t. Instead, stayed true to its story and at least tried to give us a glimpse into somebody’s life we thought we’d never see on the big screen. Good review Samantha.

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