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Monday, November 30, 2009

Movie Review: Inkheart

Inkheart: We bought this movie without knowing anything about it. But I like Brendan Fraser, and I like the concept.

Mo (Fraser) is a 'silver tongue', and when he reads aloud, he can transport the characters and elements out of books into our world.

We were delighted to find Paul Bettany in the movie. Bettany is superb in anything he plays. And Helen Mirren as the eccentric old aunt was equally as charming.

I'd heard this movie got mixed reviews, but since I speak to so many writers and readers on this blog, let me assure you, YOU would not only understand the film, but like it as well. It's about books, about how they come to life, and about the writer and how we imagine our characters and our worlds.

I can heartily recommend this movie to any writer or lover of books. Don't forget to watch the bonus feature called "Eliza Reads to Us". It's the final passage of the actual book where it tells you what happened to all the characters.

If I had any regrets, I felt it was too short. There were so many other books I wish they had explored, and I would have loved to have seen more back story to the main characters. You could tell that the eccentric aunt (Mirren) had led a most interesting life, and the fire juggler (Bettany) had a lot more underneath his character than what was shown.


Marianne Arkins said...

I've been wanting to see this -- so your kudos make me even more anxious. Thanks!

Maria Zannini said...

It's a nice family film too. You don't have to worry about anything risque.