MTV Review: The Book Thief
Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush bring Markus Zusak's novel to life in this big screen adaptation...
UK Release Date: February 26
Running Time: 131 minutes
Cast: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer, Roger Allam, Nico Liersch
Director: Brian Percival
Plot: Markus Zusak's novel is brought to life as Sophie Nélisse takes on the role of Liesel, a girl who is living in Nazi Germany during World War II. She finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others - with her best friend Rudy (Liersch) branding her 'The Book Thief'. Living with her adoptive parents, Liesel also grows closer to Max (Schnnetzer) - a Jewish refugee, who if forced to hide in the basement to avoid the horrors of Führer, Adolf Hitler's regime.
Best Scene: The Book Thief is beautifully shot, with vast snowy landscapes of a war-torn Germany providing some truly breathtaking and cinematic moments. However, it's the heart-warming scene between Liesel, Max and adoptive parents Hans (Rush) and Rosa (Watson) that provides our favourite moment in the movie. Seeing as Max is unable to see the weather outside, Liesel brings the snow to him on Christmas Day - having a snowball fight and building a snowman in the basement. However, their fun is soon cut short…
Best One Liner: After erasing the pages of Hitler's infamous manifesto Mein Kapmf with white paint, Max passes on the now blank book to Leisel, and utters the sentence: "Words are life, Liesel. All those pages, they're for you to fill."
Date Movie or Mate Movie: Seeing as the underlying themes of this film are friendship - especially between Liesel and Rudy - this is definitely one to see with your pals.
Scene Stealer: It has to be the boy with the hair that shines like the sun, otherwise known as Rudy, who provides some light-heartedness in an otherwise bleak existence for those living in Nazi Germany.
His cute crush on Liesel and his humourous ambition to emulate the success of runner Africian-American Jesse Owens - which even includes him covering himself in dirt - are notable moments.
WTF Moment: Liesel's village is bombed by mistake one night with disastrous consequences, providing truly shocking scenes.
Summary: The Book Thief is a touching tale of friendship amid the horrors of Nazi Germany - which is some ways, is the 'elephant in the room'. Nélisse shines in her role of Liesel, while Liersch provides some light-hearted entertainment in the some what dark times gently mentioned in the film.
By Joanne Dorken @mtvuknews