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Inkheart (2008)

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A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

Director:

Iain Softley

Writers:

David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay), Cornelia Funke (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Mo
Sienna Guillory ... Resa
Eliza Bennett ... Meggie (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
Richard Strange ... Bookshop Proprietor
Paul Bettany ... Dustfinger
Helen Mirren ... Elinor
Matt King ... Cockerell
Steve Speirs ... Flatnose
Jamie Foreman ... Basta
Stephen Graham ... Fulvio
Mirabel O'Keefe Mirabel O'Keefe ... Young Meggie
Andy Serkis ... Capricorn
John Thomson ... Darius
Lesley Sharp ... Mortola
Tereza Srbova ... Rapunzel (as Tereza Srbová)
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Storyline

Mortimer "Mo" "Silvertongue" Folchart has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn (Andy Serkis) and Basta (Jamie Foreman), two villains, and Dustfinger (Paul Bettany), a fire-eater. Now, ten years later, Meggie (Eliza Bennett) discovers the truth and it's up to her to escape Capricorn's evil grasp. Written by Gloria

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Every story ever written is just waiting to become real.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Rowan Atkinson was considered for the role of Capricorn. See more »

Goofs

Mo's departure from Alassio on a Citroen DS has been shot in the neighboring town of Albenga. See more »

Quotes

Farid: I don't want to go back into my stinking book.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #41.13 (2009) See more »

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My Declaration
Written by Tom Baxter
Performed by Eliza Bennett (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
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Inkheart is a highly enjoyable film. But it is NOT the book.
2 February 2009 | by FiendishDramaturgySee all my reviews

Let me begin by saying I have read the book and most of the second. When I saw the trailer, there were so many elements I could not place that I presumed this film would be some combination of all three books, and almost did not see it as I had not yet read the last book. I'm glad I did not succumb to this temptation.

The movie itself is loosely based on Funke's book. That's right, "book." It is actually NOT based on all three books, but rather, just as the title implies, the initial Inkheart. The elements I could not identify were never in the book. So...If you're a book fan and are unable to separate the literary story from a film adaptation, you WILL be disappointed. But honestly, if you're looking for something that bears more than a slight resemblance to the book, you still may be disappointed by the omissions, rearrangements, and substitutions.

But do let me say that Brendan Frasier is a wonderful Mo. The casting choice of Eliza Hope Bennett as Meggie was a bit of a surprise, but she is lovely and does very well as Meggie. Paul Bettany is a beautifully tragic Dustfinger. Wow, what a performance Bettany gives! I was also surprised by Helen Mirren's casting as Aunt Elinor, but she was a capable and endearing Elinor. I was even impressed by Rafi Gavron's Farid. I can't wait to see where HIS career leads him. He has great promise. They, and the supporting cast, were wonderful. Not one stiff performance. Andy Serkis was also good as Capricorn. I can't say he was "awesome," as he was not nearly as scary as the literary version, and seemed somewhat of a victim of his own circumstances herein, but he was enjoyable, nonetheless.

If you have never read the books, however, you may find this as I did; an enchanting lovely fantasy with enigmatic characters and a slick execution style. I enjoyed this work far more than I should have, considering the plethora of WIDE variances from the literary source.

All in all, while Inkheart is a highly enjoyable film, it is NOT the book. My advice? Watch the movie. Love the movie. Then read the book and find a hundred new reasons to love it again.

It's still fun, it's still wonderful, and it's still enchanting.

It rates an 8.2/10 on the movie scale.

It rates a 3.5/10 on the adaptation scale.

It rates an 8.4/10 on the fantasy scale from...

the Fiend :.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Laigueglia, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,601,379, 25 January 2009

Gross USA:

$17,303,424

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,803,180
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