Limited Release 11/8/2013
Viewed 1/27/2014 at Crossroads
RT Critic: 50 Audience: 79
Directed by Brian Percival
20th Century Fox
Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse
Reviews: Based on the beloved international bestselling book, 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.
My comments: This is one of those movies that makes a lasting impression. The story, about how Hitler and WWII affected the German population, was incredibly powerful and well-told. The acting (and the choices of those actors) was exquisite. I have put off reading this book - mainly because it's so dense - but have heard nothing but good reviews and high praise for it. The actress who plays Lisl, Sophie Nelisse, is mesmerizing - she is absolutely beautiful, innocent-looking, and an incredible actress (especially for one so young). Geoffrey Rush is so perfect as "Papa," and their relationship in wonderfully believable. The character of "Mama" and Emily Watson's performance of it - well - I was incredibly impressed. Two words. Stunning. Sad.