Seeing as I work in the film industry, working for a tech company that builds online tools for the international online movie industry, means we often find ourselves chatting about films we’ve seen, films we want to see, and even a couple of us about films we want to make. Today was one of those days, when one of the girls talked about having watched Schindler’s List the previous night, and as most of us had seen it, it inspired some good talks about it.
The fact this also happened to fit in with my weekly trip to the cinema for cheap night Tuesday meant I had world war 2 on my mind, and when I had only two options to choose from at the cinema, The Book Thief and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, meant it was going to be an action thriller, or a tear inducing world war 2 film. Being a soppy fucker, and the fact we had been talking about Schindler’s List at work today, meant I went for the ladies choice.
Now, I’ll admit right off the bat that I must have nodded off a few times in the first 30 minutes or so, as there are things that happened in the story I missed, even though I thought I only closed my eyes to rest them. I also want to make clear that I didn’t sleep as I was board, just I was very tired. Once my brain had that little hard wire rest to wake me up, I started to really get into the film and the story it was trying to tell.
The film itself is a book adaption, and sadly it was really obvious in this respect, as often with such things you’ll find scenes that just don’t fit or work on screen, and would most likely never have been written if it was only as a film script. But, it is an adaption, so I’m sure some of those scenes made the readers very happy to see created, but I for one am not a fan of such things if I haven’t read the book. If I have read it, then I’m a little more forgiving.
The acting was a bit of a mixed bag really, as some scenes you could just sense the actors weren’t feeling it, and the directing was also a little stock standard and off in places, and there was even a scene where it felt like they crossed the line, which is a big no-no in filmmaking. The lead girl though was awesome, and she’s going to grow up into a fine actress if this performance is anything to go by.
The narration by ‘Death’ felt like an interesting story device, though very book like, which added to the obvious adaption feel, and though the film wasn’t solid the whole way through, I still liked it overall and especially how it finished, as it managed to pull some tears from my soppy stone heart.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!