Inkheart follows the story of Meggie and Mo Folchart. Mo possesses the ability to read things out of books, but with one consequence--whenever something is read out, something goes into the book. A brush-in with one of the characters Mo has read out, the Folcharts are thrust into an action-packed adventure with many of the wicked characters that were read out of "Inkheart." With many twists and turns, the secrets of this book and Mo's power are revealed.
Fraser was fine as Mo--Not bad, not great. He didn't show a lot of emotion. Apparently, the author, Cornelia Funke, modeled Mo after him. Eliza Bennett was a good Meggie. It was odd, though, that she had a British accent while Mo did not. I accepted that perhaps Mo was raised in the US, while she was raised in England. Bettany was absolutely incredible as Dustfinger!!! Definitely the star of the show! His ever-changing emotions, facial expressions, and internal struggle were all perfect. Helen Mirren was very entertaining as the outspoken and quirky aunt. Jim Broadbent was just as I imagined Fenoglio, and had some great one-liners. There are several other key characters, and most were good in their roles. Overall, I thought the cast was pretty rock-solid.
The settings and effects were amazing! Many were exactly how I pictured them in the book!! The special effects are definitely some of the best--Comprable to the "Pirates" and "Harry Potter" series. Absolutely magical.
I would recommend this movie to almost everyone--Young, old, boys, girls, those who have read the book, and those who haven't. The only people who might not enjoy it are those who do not like movies that change the books in some large aspects. Overall, I give this movie an 8/10. It held my attention the entire time, and everyone in the theater seemed to enjoy it. Inkheart effectively combines emotion, action, mystery, and humor to create a truly compelling story.