‘The Book Thief’ Movie Review – Rolling StonePublished in , The Book Thief became an international bestseller and was translated into 63 languages. It was adapted into a feature film of the same name. After the death of Liesel's younger brother on a train to Molching, on the outskirts of Munich , Liesel arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, distraught and withdrawn. During her time there, she is exposed to the horrors of the Nazi regime , caught between the innocence of childhood and the maturity demanded by her destructive surroundings. As the political situation in Germany deteriorates, her foster parents conceal a Jewish fist-fighter named Max Vandenburg.
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Robert Downey Jr. Sign in. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. In , the young girl Liesel Meminger is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. Her mother buries the boy in a cemetery by the tracks and Liesel picks up a book, "The Gravediggers Handbook", which was left on the grave of her brother and brings it with her.
Except for the Nazi flags hanging from every building, the town, under a glistening blanket of snow, could be the cozy setting for a holiday greeting card. The pieces of the story, which begins in , are so neatly arranged that the movie has the narrative flow and comforting familiarity of a beloved fairy tale. And late in the movie, the town is leveled by bombs. Although the damage is catastrophic, the bodies laid out on the street seem untouched, as if the victims were fast asleep and ready for instant transport to heaven. He plays the accordion, and even in the darkest moments, its lilt conveys a spirit of bonhomie. His wife, Rosa Emily Watson , is a fearful scold when Liesel meets her for the first time. But a soft heart beats under the surface.
Has the use of Nazis in movies reached the point of being pornographic? While some observers might say that line was crossed long ago, others may find that conclusive proof arrives in Brian Percival's "The Book Thief," based on an international bestseller that The New York Times jibed as "Harry Potter and the Holocaust. If you go to a bookstore looking for Markus Zusak's novel, the movie's source, you're likely be directed to the Young Adult or Teen Fiction sections, which explains a lot about the movie's appeal, and lack thereof. Like a kid-friendly mulch of elements cribbed from "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," the film conceivably could play well to an audience of year-olds and their grandparents. Other adults, though, are more apt to find the proceedings an occasion for fits of squirming and eye-rolling. This is the movie, after all, that's narrated by Death, a device that you can imagine possibly working in a Hollywood film of the '30s or '40s, but hardly since.
Robert Downey Jr. Sign in. Freddie Highmore goes deep into the mind of his character on " The Good Doctor " as Season 3 takes shape. Watch now. Through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry.
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