Book to Movie Review: The Book Thief

I haven’t read the book yet, but now I plan on adding it to my long list. I really felt like I could identify with the characters, and I feel like I have a better grasp on the situation the people were put into (Jews and German alike) now.

The whole movie felt very realistic even though it is a fiction. The quality (production value) was very high even though I had never heard of it before. The narrator wasn’t annoying, but it would have been the same movie without him entirely, kinda weird. If you feel like a good war drama this is the way to go.

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Date Published:
March 14th 2006 by Knopf Books


Amazon Links:
The Movie
The Book

IMDB Page:
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 58,272 users

Point of View:
A mix of narration and third person

Historical Fiction

Subject matter / Setting:
The setting is a town in Nazi Germany by the name of Molching, 1939.

Nazi Germany, War, Young Love (kinda), Writing, Death

Intended audience:
The book was published for Young Adults. The movie seemed to be more for and older crowd, it is a 2 hour long drama after all.

You have to know that you are going to sit down and watch a 2 hour long drama, but if you are prepared for that, the pacing was smooth. There were a few moments when I looked at the time, but it wasn’t bad.

How did the film affect me?
It was a wonderful visualization of Nazi Germany. I’m no expert, but this seemed to be the most real feeling Nazi Germany experience I’ve had in a movie. It wasn’t about the war, but the war was there. I won’t forget it.


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