Mark Zusak’s novel, The Book Thief, was an emotional, creative piece of literature that was listed on the The New York Times Best Seller list for over 230 weeks. A book that successful and loved is bound to attract the cinematic screen. The first trailer for the film is decent, if a little disappointing. The cast is certainly impressive, but the book’s magic isn’t quite there. Admittedly, it would be a little hard capturing one of the book’s major creative traits: the story is narrated by Death itself.
Also, I thought we were all over the tacked on voice-over in the theatrical trailers? Maybe we’re being a little too harsh. This could very well be a beautiful, moving film.
Amazon’s book synopsis:
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
Starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Nico Liersch and Ben Schnetzer.
Directed by Brian Percival, best known for his work directing TV’s Downtown Abbey.
ETA: USA – 15 November, 2013.