Knopk's The Book Thief

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The Book Thief, directed by Brian Percival, is a story that details the life of Liesel Meminger, portrayed by Sophie Nélisse, a young girl who is adopted by a German family during World War II. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and tries to find beauty in a world with death lurking around them. The Book Thief was originally a novel written by Markus Zuzak in 2005, and was adapted in 2013 to become the motion picture I watched and will be critiquing. The book is 550 pages long and was published by Knopk, Inc. It is consider a young adult literature and the movie was rated PG-13. It audience ranges but I feel as though the Holocaust and its literature transcends generations. Therefore, as long as the person can handle seeing images such as the death of a young boy, and violence in the streets (Kristallnacht), they should be able to watch this movie. As people’s maturity differs greatly, even between those of the same age, it is impossible to place a proper age minimum on the film. Rather parents should use their discretion based on…show more content…
The world in which the movie takes place, seem like that of a sitcom. A story narrated by Death, a tool that maybe would’ve been acceptable in the portrayed time period fails to elicit the desired emotion, and comes off cheesy like the narrator of “T’was the night before Christmas”. How about quaint little Heaven Street where everything looks perfect yet it is draped in Swastikas and when the bomb goes off Liesel is able to live happily ever after in present-day Manhattan. I find it wrong that the attitude at the end the film is “Any quirky, sassy and determined kid can survive devastation”. The film never truly addresses what happened to the rest of people involved in the story and only offers a small glance at pictures in her happy downtown

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