Inkheart

  • Year:2009
  • Rating:PG
  • Director:Iain Softley
  • Cast:Paul Bettany, Brendan Fraser, Sienna Guillory, Helen Mirren
  • Release Date:April 02, 2009
  • Distributor:Roadshow
  • Running time:106 minutes
  • Film Worth:$10.50
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“…quite enjoyable.”

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Imagine a world where reading out loud brings your favourite books to life. You could mingle with Rapunzel and enjoy the treasures from Arabian caves, all the while being followed by your cute dog Toto. Well, this is the basic premise of Inkheart.

 

Based on Cornelia Funke's bestselling book of the same name, the movie follows the story of Mortimer (Brendan Fraser), and his twelve-year-old daughter Meggie (played by the delightful Eliza Hope Bennett), who are one of a chosen few who can bring the written word to life. The problem is that when someone is brought out of a book, someone else must go in. When Mortimer reads the rare book Inkheart aloud he unleashes upon the un-literary world an evil king and some not-so-smart sidekicks, trapping his wife inside in the process.

This adventure-fantasy film doesn't have the special effects depth of a Lord Of The Rings movie, nor the charm of the Harry Potter franchise, but it is still quite enjoyable. The script is not too shallow, and it does take the viewer on a decent ride. The scenery is stunning and the literary jokes are corny, but well placed. While Fraser is dull, the rest of the cast gives the film its get-up-and-go. Playing the boring old Aunt Elinor, Helen Mirren handles her predictable, yet humorous, role well. Youngster Hope Bennett is charming, and Paul Bettany doesn't do too badly as a mysterious, flame throwing circus performer looking for his family.  

The film has its faults, but they won't bother the kids. While it won't capture the imagination and heart of every adult viewer, director Iain Softley has managed to fulfil his aim, illustrating the magic and beauty of literature.  

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