The Book Thief (2013)

the book thief

The Book Thief follows a young woman, recently orphaned, in Nazi Germany. Her new adoptive parents are hiding a Jewish man, and they connect over a shared love of books.

The girl, Liesel, shows up and is understandably sorta upset. These new parents seem nice, but she’s too young to have any sort of real opinion of what’s supposed to be. But one thing she’s done is steal a book. She doesn’t know how to read it yet, but her new adoptive dad agrees to start learning to read with her. Then she embarks on a journey to steal as many books as she can from the Nazis, who are burning literature.

And she meets Max, a young Jewish man who her adoptive parents agree to help hide from the Nazis.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief comes from director Brian Percival, who has directed a number of episodes of Downton Abbey. He also made a film called A Boy Called Dad, which sounds FANTASTIC.

The film is based on a novel by Markus Zusak, and was adapted for the screen by Michael Petroni. Petroni has been around a while, and his last film was The Rite.


The Book Thief Trailer

The Book Thief Release Date

November 15, 2013.

Who’s In It?

Emily Watson
Geoffrey Rush . . . Hans Hubermann 
Sophie Nelisse . . . Liesel
Ben Schnetzer . . . Refugee Max 
Nico Liersch . . . Rudy Steiner 
Kirsten Block . . . Frau Heinrich 

What’s Good About It?

I could watch Geoffrey Rush in just about anything. The guy is outstanding, and more fun than most actors to watch, even when he isn’t playing in a comedic role. The story looks outstanding to boot.

What’s Bad About It?

The biggest potential issue with the film, in my opinion, is that the lead actress, Emily Watson, who appears to be doing a nice job in the trailer, is still young and somewhat untested. I’m not saying she’ll be a problem, but she’s the potential weak link.

Our Clever Prediction

I think Geoffrey Rush definitely has a chance at some Oscar gold for his role in The Book Thief. He’s always fantastic, and this has all the trappings of Oscar bait. I think there’s a chance it’ll have a nice box office, since it likely wasn’t all that expensive to make. I’m hopeful. I’d like to see it.