Left Header Right Header
Header 3a   Header Right End A Header Right End B Space
Header Left 3b
Movie Reviews Movie Trivia
FREE Membership MatchFlick Friday - Win Free DVDs

Member Login  [help]
Member Trends
 Top 10 List
 Exclusive Interviews
 Horror Club
 Zombie Club
Movie News
 Current News
 News Archives
Message Board
 Go To The Forum
Cool Statistics
 Member Stats
 Trivia Stats
Columns   [more]
 Have You Been Sp...
 But Can She Act?...
 They're Not The ...
 Time Does Fly Wh...
 Column Archives
Popular Movies  [more]
 World War Z
 Mission Impossible 4
 Twilight Breaking Dawn
Popular People  [more]
 Leonardo DiCaprio
 Megan Fox
 Tom Cruise
 Join for FREE
 About MatchFlick
 Privacy Policy
 Guess That Scene
 RSS Feeds
MatchFlick Member Reviews
5 reviews

review this movie

read all reviews

Movie Details

view all movie information
Directed By
Iain Softley

Written By:
David Lindsay-Abaire, Cornelia Funke

Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, Sienna Guillory, Jamie Foreman, Tereza Srbova, Marnix Van Den Broeke, Matt King, Lesley Sharp, Richard Strange, Stephen Modell, Jay Fuller, Rafi Gavron, David Stevenson, Alex Argenti, Steve Speirs, Eliza Bennett, Steve Speirs, Adam Bond, Antonio Gil, Mirabel O'Keefe, Mike Godfrey, Leeroy Bailey, Mike Busson

Buy on DVD
Inkheart (2009)
email this review to a friend

Movie Review by Zara
June 28th, 2009

I suppose the biggest problem with this film was the book which it was taken from. I started reading the Inkheart first novel (there are two subsequent books, "Inkspell" and "Inkdeath" and based on the poor box office reception for this one, I don't think they'll get made) and realized how bloated and verbose it was for a supposed "8-12 young readers" tome.

So we got about a third of the way through the book, as reading it aloud was lengthy and tiresome, even if author Funke tries her best to properly flesh out all of the characters. And the portion that we read through gets about 20 minutes (or less) into the movie. Let's just say that the movie skips over, changes and avoids a great deal of what was written in the book in terms of the specifics that Funke obviously put arduous hours into writing. And most of the chronological problems are distracting.

However, the movie is filled with great character actors who appear to have read the source material and are doing great justice to those characters. Mirren doesn't get nearly enough screentime and you never really understand the pain and torment that Bettany's Dustfinger character is going through (the book takes great pains to explain that the people from the book are all gypsies with little to no education and can't read books themselves, the movie does not point this out).

There's a cute aside where Dustfinger thinks back to his family and the movie manages to work in his real-life actress wife Jennifer Connelly into the film. But you'd have to know your Hollywood to see that.

As a family film, it ultimately is interesting for children of the age group the book was meant for (8-12 years), anything younger and they might be scared of some of the creatures, anything older and they'd be bored with the melancholy nature of the film.

As an adult, it's not bad but it's not great either.

email this review to a friend

Comment on this Review:

Sorry, you must be a member to add comments to reviews.

Join or Login.

Jun 29, 2009 1:19 PM
also wrote a review of Inkheart
I agree Zara, I saw this movie when it first came out and something got lost in translation on the screen.

The Alpha Craig
Jul 2, 2009 3:50 PM
I never read the book, but one thing I learned in script-writing class is that you never change the rules of the universe the story takes place in half-way through. In this movie the "Silver Tounges" bring the printed word to life, but then suddenly can bring any word, printed or freshly written, to life thus drastically changing the rules. If this fact was known in the beginning, they could have easily avoided everything in the story by writing a few simple words, "Every went back to normal."

Subscribe to MatchFlick Movie Reviews through RSS

  Terms of Use | Press | Contact Us
Partnership and Advertising Opportunities | Movie Database | Merchandise

©2004-2017 MatchFlick®. All rights reserved.

Web Analytics