Marcus Zusak is an Australian writer whose landmark work is The Book Thief. A work inspired by the bombing of Munich and the nomadism of Jews through a small German town where the author's mother lived. The work instantly became a bestseller and 7 years later the 20th Century Fox film company decided to make a film based on it.
The plot is narrated from the face of death, watching the girl Liesel Meminger. Once in a new family, the child goes to school. There she meets with misunderstanding and books become her only corner of calm. At this time, in the adult world, the Nazis are invading the lives of civilians. When her parents die, the viewer is moved two years ahead. The girl is already working in the studio of her friend's father. The angel of death was impressed by the main character and her steadfastness, "but in the end there are no words, only peace," – the narrator leads the viewer to such a result.
The film missed a lot of details. Which gives the impression of a fairy tale, which the original is not. The Jew Max in the film is shown to be very aristocratic, even though he was sheltered in the basement. In the books, he fell at the feet and as much as possible, excessively showing respect for the heroine's family. The film turned out to be a good adaptation of the book, but it should be borne in mind that any film production will always be inferior to a literary source.
Compared to the book, the film looks like a very sleek and neat work. The desire to receive film awards forced the team to sacrifice both quality and timing. A number of scenes are skipped or simplified specifically so as not to offend some countries. For example, in the book, a girl steals everything with her friend, even several times. The film character in one of the dialogues states: "I only steal books," downplaying and exposing the heroine from a more positive side. The viewer is taught that stealing books is not stealing money, there is nothing wrong with that.
The film is suitable for people who want to get everything right now, but if you want to feel the work more deeply, it is better to choose the printed version. There are differences, and they are quite significant.