Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Book Thief Movie

There are some books that I don't think need movie adaptations. These books are usually extremely complex and emotional and I worry that a movie adaptation won't do them justice. I've felt that way about the planned adaptation of The Book Thief ever since it was announced.

I have to give you a little background as to how I became a fan of this book so you can understand my hesitation about the movie. I had multiple people recommend the book to me but I kept putting it off. There were a couple of reasons I did not want to read it.

  1. I read to escape. I want to be whisked away to a world where everything works out in the end. If I want realistic I can simply turn on the TV. I knew what the book was about and I had no desire to read a book that takes place in World War 2 Germany and is narrated by Death.
  2. The biggest reason I did not want to read this book is because I have been to Dachau Concentration Camp and it was a day that changed me and my outlook on life forever. I didn't think that it was possible for a book to portray the evil, vile aura that still lingers inside the fence of that camp. I didn't think that there was any way that a book could do justice to the knowledge that I was standing on hallowed ground as I stood next to the mass grave of those that had lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. I didn't want to read a book that took anything away from the way that my visit to Dachau impacted my life.

Finally I got to point where I couldn't put it off anymore and I picked up the book, determined to not like it and ready to tell everyone who had recommended it to me how wrong they were. But, as you can guess, that did not happen. It turns out they were all right, The Book Thief is a brilliant, beautiful, moving story about love, relationships, life and death. Markus Zusak somehow took all of those feelings that I had the day I visited Dachau and put them into this book. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Book to movie adaptations don't have a real great track for me. I can only think of a few that I'm really satisfied with. So when one of my all time favorite books is made into a movie, I'm going to worry. I'm going to worry a lot.

Lately I've been feeling a little bit better about this movie. I'm still not convinced but I'm willing to have faith that it will be a good movie for the following reasons:

1. Geoffrey Rush is playing the role of Hans. Talent like Geoffrey's makes me feel like the film is in good hands. If the director cast him I feel like he truly cares about the movie and hopefully will take care of this beautiful story.

2. USA Today posted these pictures from the movie and they look a lot like how I pictured it when I read it.

3. The announcement that John Williams is composing the score. He is one of the few that I feel can do this story justice. 

4. The trailer. Just watching this made me cry so I'm sure I will be a blubbering mess in the theater.

As I said earlier, I'm still worried. But I do feel a little better and am going to see it in the theaters. When the project was first announced I said I wouldn't go see it so that alone is progress. Hopefully I will have a glowing review to share here in November. *fingers crossed* 

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