Thursday, August 13, 2009

Inkheart (2009) PG - 3½ Stars

This is a good adventure movie for kids as it's full of strange characters from books that hopefully inspires them to want to read. But myself, having not read the actual book, I have no reference of it's accuracy only hearing that it pales in comparison. Since it IS a fantasy movie brought to life, I was hoping for more of a fairy tale setting. Instead, I was not visually impressed.

Mo Folchart (Brendan Fraser), has a unique gift as a "Silvertongue" when he reads aloud from a book. But he hasn't wanted to read lately as the last time he did, his wife Resa (Sienna Guillory), went missing. In her place, Dustfinger (Paul Bettany), a character from another book, appeared along with his pet ferret.

Twelve years later, as Mo and his daughter Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennet), are in Germany looking for a particular book from an old book store, Dustfinger appears watching their every move. Little known to Meggie is that her father is looking for rare book in hopes that he can bring Resa back to this world by reading from it's pages.

Dustfinger tries to get close to Meggie waiting outside the book store, as he wants Mo to read aloud one more time to send him back to where he came from. Meanwhile inside the store, Mo finds a rare copy of the book "Inkheart," which he has desperately been seeking. One thing Mo doesn't know is that when Dustfinger was brought to life, so was a greedy dangerous villain Capricorn (Andy Serkis). Capricorn looking for more riches, kidnaps Meggie to force Mo to read for treasures in exchange for his daughters life. Now it's up to the a group of adventurous characters, some real and some imaginary, in order to put everyone back in their place.

Chicken House Publishing Ltd, New Line Cinema
Director: Iain Softley
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire
Producers: Barry Mendel, Iain Softley, Cornelia Funke
I viewed 8/09

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