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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Charming film set in 30/40s Bavaria with stunning performances from the two kids and a strangely touching one from Geoffrey Rush as an accordion-playing foster dad. Nice photography and moody scenes filmed in Gorlitz. No wonder it didn't win any prizes in Hollywood as it showed Germans as human beings being bombed by the brave Americans instead of the usual Israelite-murdering madmen. The score is by John... (cont.)
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.
One of the more impressive young 13-year-olds, Sophie Nelisse, captivates me from beginning to end playing a young girl trying to survive WW2. Top this with gorgeous cinematography, a solid John Williams music score and an emotional narration this is a gripping little film that shows WW2 horrors from a German perspective in a time when no one really knew what happened around them.
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.