IMDB Summary: While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Although I read this book sometime in middle school, I still remember the story well, and I still loved the manner in which it was written. Unfortunately, that led to my boas going into this film.
The story is about Liesel, who is given up for adoption during World War II in Germany. She lives with the rather enchanting father and a stern mother. She at first is very poor at reading, but then her adopted father helps her read and she begins to have this fascination with books, fueled later by a Jewish refugee that comes to live with Liesel’s adopted family. I really did love the story, however, in the film the pacing was very strange, I felt as though it contained too much plot for a limited amount of time, and there wasn’t enough down time for the more important parts in the film. The sets for the film looked very much 1940’s Germany, so props to them for that.
Something that really bothered me was that some parts of the film was spoken in German, however most of the conversation was in English, but with casual German words thrown in there, and heavy, heavy German accents. I just think they should have either filmed it completely in German or completely in English. I wasn’t pleased.
One of the cool things about film adaptations of novels is the ability to include music, which in this case WAS FREAKIN’ AWESOME! Lots of sad orchestral music in the entire film, so I think the movie is neat for that.