How are you today? Today I’m sharing with you another movie adaptation. Not too long ago I read The Book Thief and found it to be a profound book, unlike anything I’d read before. Naturally, I was eager to check out the film and a few weeks ago I did just that.
I found the casting choices to be excellent. The actors in this movie did a superb job of playing the character roles just as I had imagined each while reading this story. As with all movie adaptations, there were some noticeable differences between the book and movie. Though I suppose it would be nearly impossible to recreate a 500+ page book with the same amount of detail in a reasonably timed movie.
The most detail was left out of the story of Max. In the movie, you see him leave his family and knock on the Hubermann’s door. I kept expecting flashbacks on his journey to their doorstep, but none came. After he leaves their house, there is no mention of his time as a prisoner in a concentration camp, I which I also found off. The other bit I missed from his story, write possibly most important of all, was the lack of the story Max wrote within his copy of Mein Kampf in which he paints over the pages to make a new story all for Liesel. You hear a version of this story while Liesel in a neighbor’s basement waiting out an air raid, but it’s not the same and I greatly enjoyed the illustrations of it in the book. It seems like such a crucial part to leave out. However, I suppose the most important thing to come out of Max giving her that story was she herself found her voice and reason to write, and that was evidenced in the movie.
All in all, this is a fantastic movie and I highly recommend watching it. I think the book is worth a read as well, since you get much more depth on each character from it.
Finding hope from the ashes,