Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, an extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. She learns to read with encouragement from her new family and Max, a Jewish refugee who they are hiding under the stairs. For Liesel and Max, the power of words and imagination become the only escape from the tumultuous events happening around them. This film is a life-affirming story of survival and of the resilience of the human spirit.
This is a great film. The Book Thief has wonderful photography by Florian Ballhaus, an excellent musical score by Golden Globe and Oscar winning John Williams, and best of all, marvelous acting from Sophie Nelisse as the young girl, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as her adoptive parents, and Ben Schnetzer as the Jewish boy they hide. ”Death” is the narrator, just like in the novel. The power of the story and the brilliant acting compensate for any short coming you might find.
I cannot imagine a more perfect cast for this film, and I loved every moment with Rush and Nelisse together. Their friendship and love for each other sparkles. I have always enjoyed Geoffrey Rush in his movies, but here – he made my heart melt. Just go and see it!