The Book Thief


Picture Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

The Book Thief is a war drama based on the novel of the same name written by Markus Zusak. Starring Sophie Nelisse as Liesel Meminger, a foster child during Nazi era Germany. Liesel is drawn to books despite not being able to read. She is taught to read by her kind foster father Hans Hubermann, played by Geoffrey Rush. Once she starts she cannot stop. She is drawn to the written word and begins “borrowing” books. She reads the stories and shares them with her neighbours during the bombings as a distraction. The story is also narrated by Death which gives an interesting approach. I imagine this is more prominent when reading the novel.

The film gives a brief look into the lives of the people of Germany during the Nazi era and Second World War. It touches on the humanity of people despite their surroundings. Many people automatically refer to the horrific things done by the Nazi’s during the war. They often forget that there were civilians caught in the line of fire and not everyone treated the Jews so atrociously.

Sophie Nelisse is a Canadian born actress who is well on her way to a bright career. With films lined up and already in the making, it is no surprise people will have their eye on her after watching her performance during The Book Thief.

Geoffrey Rush is a great Australian actor who brings a lot of heart and humour to his role. It is difficult to imagine humour during such a devastating time, but the film continues to take us back to the humanity in people.

The film is two hours and five minutes long which is fairly lengthy so be prepared for a bit of a sit. Thankfully the film is on Netflix so you are able to pause if needed. The Book Thief is a great movie from a different perspective. I enjoyed it so much that I would love to read the book to see all the extra things that were not able to be portrayed in the film.


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