A movie based on a book. Anyone who knows me could tell you a few choice words I’ve used to describe how these movies make me feel. Accurate representation of a beloved book from the imagination of millions of readers isn’t typically on the top of anyone’s list when making a feature film. Other things like revenue come first. Yet, I’ve disappointed myself time and time again in seeing a movie after falling in love with the book. This time I’d learned from my mistakes and saw the movie first.
I was touched by the depth and elegance of The Book Thief. This must be why several top reading lists include it among top 100 books to read before you die! The story follows a courageous young girl, Liesel, through her life of struggle and loss. Liesel lives life determined to love despite her repeat loss of loved ones. Her strength through adversity and constant will to learn teach us to thrive regardless of our environment. This movie will move you to tears and have you yearning to read.
I can’t comment on the movie’s ability to accurately portray the story from book form, and I think that is a good thing. I’ve learned that reading a detailed representation of a story before seeing its visual representation is a mistake that robs you of enjoying the movie. My motivation to read the book has only grown after seeing the movie. So, grab some popcorn and candy and head to the theater to enjoy this film.