Movie Review – The Book Thief

“When life robs you, sometimes you have to rob it back.” –Liesel Meminger


Since the method that I use to go through this list of book typically involves me reading the book before seeing the movie, I often (obviously) know what to expect when watching the movie associated with it. That may have been the problem here, but I’m not sure.  I just know that I had a hard time even staying awake in this movie and was just ready for it to be over. There were some touching moments, but I’m definitely not rushing out to buy it like I have some of these in the past.


The book ends basically like this – they drop a bomb and everybody dies. Maybe that was why I didn’t connect with the characters, or maybe it was the strange story in general, but I didn’t seem to care that everyone died when we got to the end. I wasn’t happy about it by any stretch, but I didn’t get very upset either… and I’m a crier. I cry in lots of movies that many people probably wouldn’t – both Hunger Games movies, for instance – so the fact that I didn’t even come close to shedding a tear must mean that there was something lacking in the movie – emotion.


There is honestly not much to say beyond what was said in the Book Review except that the casting was done pretty well. Authentic accents really help and the sets were also great in portraying what was written in the book descriptions. I don’t think the actors were bad, I just don’t know where that emotional connection was for me.



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