Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer
Running time: 131mins
The lowdown: Downton Abbey director Brian Percival brings Australian author Markus Zusak’s dark but cherished World War 2 children’s story to the big screen. Nelisse is the young girl forced to live with an elderly couple in Germany of the 1940s, and the Jewish refugee they’re hiding in the basement. As the war rages they all have more than just the bombers to fear as Nazi officials and informants are n ever far away. Not without problems, but a good introduction to WW2 in the tradition of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
The full verdict: Chilling the prose of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is the fact that Death itself narrates the tale of...Read More