The Book Thief Movie Review

The Book Thief Movie Review

 This is one of those movies which as you are watching it, you find yourself wondering if and hoping that it is a true story. It almost seems like an adaption of "Anne of Green Gables" set in Nazi Germany. Though the setting is dark, the message is heart warming and endearing. The heronine is a young girl, and the movie seems suitable for children.

Like Anne, Liesel is taken in by a foster family. The foster mother, Rosa at first seems very srict. The father, Hans is warm and endearing. Liesel and her foster father Hans both learn to read togeher. After a scene of the Nazi's burning books, when the crowd has cleared, Liesel finds a book that survived and so ends up stealing her first book. 

The family hides a Jew named Max in their basement. Max and Liesel spend hours reading together. Stuck indoors, Max encourages Liesel to use her own words to describe the weather and what is happening outside. Max explains to Liesel how important words are to Jews and encourages Liesel that even if he dies, he will live on in her words. Ultimately it is Max who encourages Liesel to start writing. 

I won't give away any more of the story line. I will end by saying that one sees the best and worst of humanity, and is left treasuring relationships and the triumphant human spirit.



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