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Her story about a father who reads to his baby daughter, and in so doing somehow causes the fictional characters within the book to not just come to life on the page, but transfer over the boundaries of fiction into the real world, is enchanting.
Having this gift can be a magical opportunity for everyone involved to enjoy the fictional escapades they always dreamed of. But in the case of Inkheart , when the father reads the words, not only will a fictional character transfer into the real world, a human being must take their place.
The trade often is permanent, as the book never reveals where the human subject transfers to. The reader could search forever and never find the loved one who has been traded off.
On that fateful evening, his young wife Resa Sienna Guillory was the chosen human to be taken by the book in exchange for a fire juggler named Dustfinger Paul Bettany and the evil villain Capricorn Andy Serkis. We are never told who was the exchange for Capricorn, but from the story set before us on the screen, they may or may not be enjoying their stay in fiction-land.
Mo has chosen the profession of a collector and book binder of old and sometimes rare volumes, so other than his obsessive exploration for Inkheart , Maggie just believes her bookworm Dad is eccentric. That is until one day in a book market in Switzerland, Mo finds a copy of Inkheart in a dusty backroom.
Mo refuses to do so until he finds and saves his beloved wife and gets her back into the real world. Still not wanting to tell Maggie the whole story, Mo takes her to live with her quirky Aunt Elinor Helen Mirren who has sequestered herself in an Italian manor full of rare and exotic books. One stormy night, as Maggie is curled up at the library window reading, several strange men break into the manor and kidnap Maggie and her family, including the mysterious Dustfinger.
Mo explains that the evil Capricorn has her Mother held captive somewhere in the keep. Capricorn craves more treasure than the real world can give and has captured Mo to read all the treasure from every book ever written to add to his insidious nest egg. Mo, Maggie, Dustfinger and Aunt Elinor take us all down a thrilling road, experiencing their quest to save Resa, squelch Capricorn and return Dustfinger to the pages of his life.
Full of eye-popping special effects, great acting, and vivid images of the fairytales we all have been read and remember, come to life. It delivers wonder, peril and adventure, all rolled into a dark and sometimes glorious ball of fantasy.
Set somewhere in between now and another reality, it keeps it all together—and somewhat familiar—with references to Oz, Arabian Nights, and Huck Finn. Being PG is appropriate, as it has no foul language or sex, but I would advise parents to not take any child under eight because of scary images, children and adults in peril, and very real visuals such as men fighting and hitting one another, men with knives although surprising no blood and wielding guns, men flying from buildings and cars in a cyclone, and monsters, such as flying monkeys and a dark, creepy, fire-breathing menace called The Shadow.
It allows the characters to grow and learn from their mistakes. It holds the moral that it is better to give than to receive, that selfishness is not a good thing, that friendship is a thing to honor and treasure, that sacrifice for those you love is right, and, of course, that one can achieve anything if they believe in it and stay the course.
There are all qualities not found just in the pages of a book titled Inkheart , but within the pages of The Book… The Bible. MPA Rating : for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language. Moral Rating:. Relevant Issues. Adventures in the rainforest! Learn about the Creator of the universe by exploring His marvelous creation. Nonprofit, evangelical, nondenominational. Positive Neutral Negative Young people.
I think that the filmmakers did a great job of turning this book into a movie, because they had help from the author herself. There are some intense spots where younger audience members got a bit frightened, but these were not often and were balanced with other elements of classical storytelling.
It was fun to see the characters of familiar childhood fairytales interact with each other on the screen. We had a great discussion about how powerful our words can be.
Both the ones we write, and the ones we say. I highly recommend this movie to families and youth groups especially if you will use YOUR words afterwards. Positive —I went with my twin boys age 13 , and I cannot really say a whole lot about the movie. One of my boys had read the book, and he said there was a number of things different, but not enough to really make a difference.
He said the book was average, and the movie was average. Overall, the movie was a little slow, and I noticed the boys fighting to stay awake at one point. I guess that says a lot. Positive —This is a very good movie. The story is a classic tale of good versus evil, set in a fairy-tale like atmosphere. While the script definitely could have been better, the acting is above average, and the film features some highly talented actors, including one of my favorites: Helen Mirren , who sparkles, although I wish her character would have been given more memorable lines to say.
I only had a few minor concerns about some of the underlying themes to the story, almost all of which had to do with the portrayal of the author of the Inkheart book in the movie, who I perceived was being put-forth as a type of God-like figure. But aside from these minor concerns, the film has a very good message, portraying family relationships and friendships in a very positive light, and has a really exciting ending where good triumphs over evil.
In my opinion, it is because of the conclusion—and that this is a clean movie, without being corny—that this movie is well worth seeing. It was a fun movie filled with humor, suspense, awesome characters and a great storyline. Already I have seen this movie three times and am anxiously awaiting its release to DVD. It is a good movie, and I would like my children to read the books. I liked the fact that even though the writer of the book in the movie created Dustfinger to be selfish he chose not to.
I believe he told him that he was not his God and could not tell him what to do. This movie showed that family and friendship are worth fighting for. That you can choose to do the right thing. Positive —Very clean… very beautiful picture—literally. I love its character-driven story of good and evil folks alike. Their innate acting talents shine in this fantasy film. Positive —Great movie! I took my 7 yr old and my soon to be 4 yr old.
They were not scared and enjoyed the movie. You have to know your child—not every yr old would like it. Once again, Brendan Fraiser delivers a clean family movie. Great family movie. Adults will enjoy, too. I honestly loved it and hope more people see it. Paul Bettany, the fire juggler, tugs at your sympathy as a man who just wants to go home.
See it and enjoy. Use it to encourage children to develop a love for reading and imagination. Neutral —My wife and I saw this, and came away rather disappointed. Though I might have given it a PG, mainly because of an Indiana Jones-like death that was a bit disturbing.
That part was NOT in the book! I would recommend it to people 13 and up. Positive —I went to see this movie with a friend who introduced me to the Inkheart book series.
Overall, it was a very good movie; if you read the books you will enjoy the fact that the movie hardly strays from the book content. On my count, there was only one curse word, at the beginning of the movie. I think this is a must-see movie. Positive —Hi! I went to see this movie with friends and I was not expecting much. I expected the movie to be really cheesy and low budget, but I was really surprised, I actually liked it!
The movie was very clean and the characters were very well-developed. The only problems were that there was one objectionable word but only slightly objectionable by movie standards. But I would recommend this movie to all children over 5 the little ones might get scared.
Neutral —I saw the movie with my family, and I enjoyed the movie very much. Positive —I went to see it this film with my aunt, cousin, and brother. I thought that the commercial made the movie seem great. I thought the movie was great and was pretty cool. It was really great the only thing was they had some scary people who some kids might be scared of. I think it is worthwhile to see it. My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! Negative —I remember seeing this movie when it was in theaters.
It was just a bit dull. For starters, there are some fantasy stories that only work well as books—Inkheart is one of them. The real problems were uninvolved acting and writing that seemed almost, for lack of a better word, indifferent, like this movie was only filmed to pay the bills. There were also a lot of bizarre additions to the script, most of them characters that seemed to serve little or no purpose.
One of the latter category would be the young Arabian man. If all of this was in the book and presented in the same way, I must say that even the original source made some unfortunate mistakes. The whole story is overpopulated. Not to mention the ending makes the entire plot senseless.
In the face of an impossible enemy, she starts to write on her arm and read it aloud to end the whole thing. There was some violence, but not much and not bloody.
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Her story about a father who reads to his baby daughter, and in so doing somehow causes the fictional characters within the book to not just come to life on the page, but transfer over the boundaries of fiction into the real world, is enchanting. Having this gift can be a magical opportunity for everyone involved to enjoy the fictional escapades they always dreamed of. But in the case of Inkheart , when the father reads the words, not only will a fictional character transfer into the real world, a human being must take their place. The trade often is permanent, as the book never reveals where the human subject transfers to.