While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
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Phenomenally acted by Rush & Watson and scored by John Williams, this 1st-person account of life during Nazi Germany is only weak in it's story. As a feel good drama it doesn't dig too deep into potential areas. While it could've used some editing down, this is a solid drama. On one side it was something I didn't expect to enjoy at all and on the other it left me a little disappointed at what it could've done.
A ridiculously bland film and one of the worst oscar bait films from last year. The acting was good and the score was beautiful as expected, but everything else fails, mainly because of the editing. The first half is full of gorgeous shots that are not allowed to breathe, and the second half is mind-numbingly boring, nothing of worth happens until that annoyingly emotionally manipulative ending.
Almost anything involving Nazi-era Germany is just immediately praised. The novel was only redeemable because Death was the narrator, but it doesn't work when it only becomes known in the last few minutes. Mediocre at best.
From the country that brought you the amazing Wings of Desire comes this not so amazing Oscar bait. On a serious note though, if it hadn't been for the narrator/character of death incarnate and every line about how he takes other peoples lives away as if it is simply some kind of day job for him this might have been a decent film. That being said it did have that death narrator/character so it is not a decent film.