Review: The Book Thief

There are movies that can be put in a category appropriately labelled ‘Oscar bait’; and if there is one film that exemplifies that best this year, it is The Book Thief. Just like any cold or flu, ‘Oscar bait’ films have very clear symptoms. For starters, setting the film during The Academy Awards’ favourite time in history, World War II is a must; having a young lead performance is another; previous academy award winners and nominees within the cast (in this case the illustrious Geoffrey Rush and the always impressive Emily Watson) always helps; and finally, the icing on the cake is the heavy-handed and manipulating (to the point of distracting) forced drama (in this case, a completely unnecessary voice-over). Put all those factors together and you have one of the most formulaic and familiar films during Oscar season this year. Read more! Continue reading