Meggie's father has a wonderful talent: When he reads aloud, the characters literally come to life, an ability he discovered while he read from the story Inkheart.
Inkheart © 2007 Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Erste GmbH& Co. KG. TM New Line Productions, Inc. Package Design & Supplementary Material Compilation © 2009 New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Tween-targeted fantasy adaptation is no Harry Potter.
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Rotten: A movie that can produce the image of Helen Mirren astride a unicorn has some claim on the audience's interest, and a movie that can make that image seem perfectly uninteresting is in some serious trouble.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, January 23, 2009
Rotten: The film's storybook Alpine vistas are lovely to behold, and bits of humor pop out in welcome moments. Other than that, it never quite springs to life as intended -- not in your kitchen, and not on screen.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 23, 2009
Fresh: The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, January 23, 2009
I have not read the original source material but the movie has a nice wholesome quality with good direction, well used but not overused CGI. I would say a much better job of adapting a fantasy book to big screen than others, IE things like the Seeker Dark Is Rising or even Goodkinds TV series. Overall I enjoyed the show.
- jmanard52, Tuesday, June 30, 2009
It's ironic that a text with such great and obvious love for literature be a movie, but there you go. Every actor in this movie did a really great job and made thier character very memorable without throwing the rest of the characters off balance. I really like the way that this film creates two layers to its narrative, one being the fiction and the other being "real life". It's great to see how the two world interact with each other: the little trappings of our world that the book's villain really relishes, the way fire behaves differently, much to the dismay of Paul Bettany's character, or the wonderment of the book's author at seeing his characters standing in front of him. The film's story is really engaging and rather simple: a guy with the ability to make the words he reads manifest themselves all around him swears off books after he loses his wife in one story and pulls out other, less benign characters. When the book's villain gets a stronghold in the real world, he and his daughter have to use his talent and figure out how best to defend their world. In the meantime, all the characters they meet are engaging and fun. I especially like Andy Serkis as Copernicus, the henchman of the book's villain who's just so thrilled to be in a world where he gets to be the main villain of his own story.
- MidnightMadwoman, Monday, September 27, 2010