The miraculous adaptation of the bestselling book, The Book Thief tells inquisitive tale of Liesel as she grows up in the heart of Germany throughout the devastating second World War. After the late passing of Liesel’s brother and whilst journeying to her future adopting parents, Liesel discovers her first book at the rail-side funeral of her brother which fuels her passion for the written word, despite the fact that she can’t as of yet read or write.
Throughout her months with her foster father Hans, she gradually learns how to read and write whilst becoming more intrigued by books. Until one freezing winters night when Max a Jewish refugee arrives after fleeing his house and mother, seeking help from his father’s former friend Hans. Despite the setting of the drama we see surprisingly little of the war as the story mainly focuses on the ongoing situation within the Hubermann’s home and the surrounding neighbors.
The tale is narrated in part by a mysterious consciousness ‘Death’, providing us with a window into the life of Liesel, but also a glimpse into the minds of the people closest to her. The narrator talks about Liesel and his overwhelming interest in her life story and its effect on him.
After a decade career of TV movies, director Brian Percival has certainly grabbed the eye of Hollywood critics and the imagination of audiences with The Book Thief’s stunning settings, profound words and its tragic tale of life. The cast which has brought this magical tale to the screen including Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Ben Schnetzer have all given their best performances to create this World War set emotional period drama provide the film. Spielberg Composer John Williams has also created an sensational musical backbone for the tale as the film in total comprises of over twenty tracks.
The picture although split between critics has been a monumental success amongst festival and cinema audiences.
The Book Thief is one of the greatest period dramas of the year with its phenomenal settings and almost alienating outlook on the emotional tale of Liesel from the mysterious narrator. This is certainly one film that must not be missed before this years award season.
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