At the movies: The Book Thief
The Book Thief is the story of Liesel, a young German girl who is sent to live with another family during World War II. She misses her family, of course, but with the help of her kind and loving foster father, settles in fairly quickly, making friends in the neighborhood and finding her place in school. The family settles into a routine but there’s always an undercurrent of unease because of the war. When an old family friend shows up at their door, asking for help, they don’t turn him away, forever changing their lives.
I’ve never read The Book Thief but I’ve heard a lot about the book so I was anxious to see the movie when it came out. I obviously can’t compare it to the book but I adored the movie. It really doesn’t cover a lot of new ground as far as World War II stories go, but it is full of emotion and humanity and it stole my heart. I fell in love with Liesel from the very start. She’s a confused young girl but she’s full of grit and determination and makes the best of a tough situation. Her foster father is kind and gentle and does all he can to help her while her foster mother has a crusty exterior but is really kind as well.
The movie really highlights the horrors of war for those left at home and it is heartbreaking. I shed a lot of tears as I watched it but I would see it again. Just watching the trailer gives me chills. I thought the casting and scenery of this movie were outstanding and couldn’t take my eyes off of Sophie Nélisse (Liesel) whenever she was in a scene. My thoughts were all over the place as I wrote this post so I’ve made it a jumbled mess but I want everyone to know that I highly recommend this movie and think it’s appropriate for young teens on up.