Books in Motion: The Book Thief


Who wants to talk about the soul-destroying story that is The Book Thief? No, don’t run away, it’ll be loads of fun! Obviously, this post is going to include spoilers, so don’t read on if you haven’t read the book. Tatum, Judith, and I decided it would be fun to watch The Book Thief together when Tatum stayed at my house. Spoiler: It wasn’t fun.

Initial Thoughts

My initial thoughts were obviously something along the lines of “I want to die”, closely followed by “I’m never watching this movie again”. I’m pretty sure Judith and Tatum felt the same way, since we watched it together and were all sobbing too hard to type.



I loved Liesel in the book, and she was amazing in the movie as well. She was charming and lovely, yet defiant and unwilling to let herself be controlled by the Nazis. Of course, since she was a child, she had little choice, but she had her own ways of rebelling, like becoming a book thief and keeping the Jew in her cellar a secret. I thought she was pretty amazing in the movie!

Other Characters

My favourites were Hans and Max, with Rudy coming up a close second. I also really liked Rosa, but she wasn’t in the movie enough for me. I would have loved it if she had been more stern towards Liesel in the beginning, like she is in the book. In the book, Rosa and Liesel’s relationship is interesting, but it was a bit one dimensional in the movie. Max was freakin’ awesome. From the moment he was introduced I was fangirling all over the place. And, of course, every time Hans was on screen I wanted to cry because I knew what was coming.

keyboard smash


The only casting choices that were important to me were that of Liesel, Rudy, Max and Hans, and I’m happy to say that I was pretty pleased with all of them. Sophie Nélisse was a great actress, especially for one so young. I thought she fit the part really well. As for Rudy, I also thought that Nico Liersch’s portrayal of him was good, although he does look a lot like my youngest (and favourite) brother, so when it was time for him to die it was very unsettling. I adored Ben Schnetzer as Max, and Geoffrey Rush was, obviously, fantastic at playing Hans. Overall, I thought the casting was pretty solid and I’m pleased with all of them. I can’t think of anyone who I thought was terrible in their role, and the children especially were outstanding.


There was a slight slump in the middle of the movie, but it quickly picked back up again and I pretty much forgot that it had ever happened. I thought that the movie was too short to properly develop Liesel and Rudy’s friendship, but since they were children I thought that the amount of time they took to become best friends was just as believable as it was in the book. I would have loved it if the movie was longer, although considering the slump in the middle, it’s probably a good thing that it wasn’t. I was on the edge of my seat towards the end, waiting for the bombs to drop.

i can't breathe


Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the way The Book Thief turned out! I wasn’t expecting much from it because I hadn’t seen much hype about it. I knew one thing: I was going to sob. Obviously. But I hadn’t seen any trailers or clips because I had only just recently read the book and I didn’t want to spoil myself. It was surprisingly good. Most of the important scenes and storylines were included, and I only missed a couple of the ones that they left out, such as Rudy and Liesel’s summer of thieving.

They did have Rudy discover Liesel’s secret about Max earlier than he did in the book. This got on my nerves a bit, because Max being in the basement is a HUGE EFFING DEAL, and Liesel wouldn’t have blabbed about him being down there.

Favourite Bits

  • Liesel’s relationships with various different people, including Max, Hans, and Rudy. Obviously.
  • All of Max’s scenes.
  • The feel of the novel was captured very well.
  • The fact that Rudy looked like my youngest brother.

Sucky Bits

  • I wish Rosa had been featured a lot more.
  • Not enough scenes between Liesel and Rudy.
  • Liesel telling Rudy about Max was not cool.
  • The fact that Rudy looked like my youngest brother.

In a gif

it kills me

Previously in the Books in Motion series:

8 comments on “Books in Motion: The Book Thief

  1. Natalie Crown 12/06/2014 2:48 pm

    This reminds me that I am yet to see this feel. I want to, but I’m afraid,

    The fact that Rudy looked like your younger brother though 🙁

    • Amber 12/06/2014 8:42 pm

      You should be VERY afraid.

      AND I KNOW!! I couldn’t unsee it.

  2. Mel@thedailyprophecy 12/06/2014 2:48 pm

    Isn’t this spoilerish for people who haven’t read the book? AND THIS MOVIE MADE ME CRY. That doesn’t happen. The only other movie that ever did achieved that is The notebook. I was expecting it though, because the book always makes me cry no matter how many times I read it..

    The casting was perfect. I wasn’t happy with Rosa when I saw her in the trailer, but she wasn’t bad 🙂

    • Amber 12/06/2014 3:34 pm

      It is spoilerish, hence the warning in first paragraph.

      I don’t think I could ever read the book again fml

  3. Lectus 13/06/2014 1:11 pm

    I loved the book and because it made me cry, I totally refuse to watch the movie and cry again!

  4. Sandra @ Sandra's World of Books 17/06/2014 12:41 pm

    UGH. Still tears about Max, because I love Max. I just. I can’t. This book was a pain and the movie was a pain and I’m still crying over this.

  5. Judith 02/08/2014 11:22 am

    I think it’s one of my favorite book to movie adaptations. Obviously the book is mucho better but this was also very good.


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