So you all saw that book club read The Book Thief this past month right? We made a date to go see The Book Thief together and I’d love to tell you our thoughts on the movie!
We were a little nervous, as most book nerds are, about it being made from book to movie. At least for myself and Ellie, it was a book that had been an all time favorite for years and rereading just confirmed that for us.
So pretty much that movie had a LOT to live up to. I SOBBED during the books so in preparation for the movie I put together The Book Thief survival kits for everyone:
Tissues for your feels + chocolate (these crazy good Lindt chocolates) to help your heart
Thought it was done really well! Obviously not as good as the book but they did NOT butcher it so that made me very pleased! Wasn’t perfect but mostly positive feelings abound!
I sobbed like crazy. Seriously I even made those little choking noises at one point. I’m pretty sure the other girls cried too or at least teared up. SORRY I COULDN’T SEE BECAUSE MY EYES WERE LEAKING PROFUSELY.
The one thing we talked about (and I also talked about with Kelly after she saw the movie) was that I’m not sure if the movie hits all the emotional punches as much as the book. I wondered, as did Kelly, if it was more the fact we had all the BOOK FEELS and it made us cry harder during the movie because everything meant way more to us and we had spent even more time with these characters in the book. So, while I did think some of it was very emotional on its own, I do think my reading and then seeing it happen on the screen made it way more emotional. I was already attached to the characters before the movie started.
– Overall it was a really good adaptation. It included Death as I hoped as a narrator of sorts. It stayed decently true to the book and had some really poignant scenes that I’d hoped for.
– Loved the cinematography — it just had this certain kind of mood that was perfect but it was pretty simple.
– Papa: OMG they could not have casted Papa any better. That casting was crucial for most of us (myself for sure!) and they made me fall in love with Papa all over again. Seriously. I love him. He was perfect. I LOVE YOU GEOFFREY RUSH!
– Mama: We were very nervous about the casting of Mama because she’s such a complex character because they needed to get how harsh she was but also that softness about her. It’s a difficult balance and based on the trailer I wasn’t sure if they had it but we all really thought Mama was well played and I think it made me love her as well.
– Rudy was the cutest ever!!!!
– The friendship between Max and Liesel was really portrayed well. It was heartwarming and I just loved it.
– Liesel’s spirit contrasted with the harsh realities of things going on just jumped out of the screen. She was infectious and darling and, while it took me a little bit to get the Liesel in my head out of my mind, I really warmed up to her.
The Bad (Not BAD just maybe MEH)
– We didn’t like some of the small changes they made to it. We knew that these things happen in book to movie situations but we just really didn’t feel like they were necessary.
– We felt like Max’s return was so much more emotional in the book than in the movie. Or maybe I built it up in my head because I knew what was coming?
– I felt the end was really kind of rushed. That part wrecked me in the book, and while I was SOBBING because it was one of the most memorable and heartbreaking scene I’ve ever read in a book and I watched it play out, I felt like it it didn’t have that SLAYING kind of feeling like it did in the book. As I was reading I had to stop and let myself take it in for a second and I felt like the movie could have lingered a bit so we could see the enormity of what happened and just take it in.
– I was sad about how Ilsa (the mayor’s wife) didn’t feel as important to me in the movie. Sure, we see that she IS important but she didn’t feel as important. And I don’t think it was shown that Leisel was taken in by her like in the book? I felt like that was an essential part to me that in all her sadness that, while she was able to save Liesel, Liesel really saved her and maybe gave her something for her to live for?
– The rude lady who sat in front of us but loudly complained to her husband that “she didn’t want to sit near us because she was sure we would talk through the whole movie.” SORRY LADY I WAS TOO BUSY CRYING TO TALK. Also, serious book worms here and we had a book to movie adaptation to experience.
– When that same lady’s PHONE went off during the movie very loudly.
– When that same lady’s husband kept sniffling the ENTIRE MOVIE. I’d rather sit near talking people than sniffly people. JUST SAYING, LADY! I also wanted to throw my tissues at his head. I mean, sharing is caring.
Unintentional Survey of Audience Members That Were Not Book Club
From the the old man sitting next to me: *wipes away tears discretely during the big scene at the end*
From the older man sitting diagonal from me: *lets tears fall* *wipes tears away*
From the very nice man after the movie: “What happened in the beginning? I missed the first 15 minutes” I tell him. “Man that was a really good movie! Wow!”
Thank you Big Honcho Media for providing me with this opportunity to take my book club on a hot date to see this movie! All opinions were my own for sure. I had lots of feelings about one of my favorite books being made into a movie.
Did you see the movie? What did you think? What parts did you think were well done? Not so much? Did any of you only see the movie and not read the book? I’m very curious how your experience was!