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.
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters, to find the mythical Golden Fleece, all the while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.
Brandon T. Jackson
Mo 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 and Basta, two villains, and Dustfinger, a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie discovers the truth and it's up to her to escape Capricorn's evil grasp.Written by
In the bookstore, when Mortimer is looking for the book, the words whispered that lead him to it are the first paragraph of chapter 52 in Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. See more »
The Volkswagen Campervan that is used near the beginning of the film has a Zürich number plate, yet the cantonal coat of arms to the right of the number plate is that of the canton of Ticino (red and blue stripe). This is incorrect: The coat of arms should have been a white-blue stripe, which is the coat of arms of Zürich Canton and would correspond correctly to the number plate. Besides, the number plate shows seven digits, whereas number plates in Switzerland have a maximum of six digits. See more »
But I just adore everything Persian.
You've been to Persia, then?
Yes, a hundred times. Along with St. Petersburg, Paris, Middle-Earth, distant planets and Shangri-la. And I never had to leave this room. Books are adventure. They contain murder and mayhem and passion. They love anyone who opens them.
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I have not read the books, but I have heard nothing but good things. I did enjoy Inkheart on the whole, but something was missing in translation and I can't put my finger on it.
Inkheart does have a number of good things. The visuals, down from the cinematography, settings and costumes, are truly excellent and Javier Navarette's score is enchanting. The film is well-directed as well.
And overall, I did enjoy the acting. The best of the lot comes from Paul Bettany who is stunning and steals every scene he's in and Helen Mirren who is deliciously batty. Brendan Fraser is dashing as well, Jim Broadbent is very entertaining and there is a believable child performance from Eliza Bennett. For me, the only two performances that didn't work were Sienna Guillory who was bland and dare I say sometimes irritating both in character and acting and (sadly) Andy Serkis who doesn't get anywhere near enough screen time to shine properly.
While the flawed assets have enough magic, heart and charm to them, they are still flawed. The story structure(great idea by the way) and script are both disjointed overall, and some parts felt rushed such as the ending. The characters are likable too, but also under-developed and fall into cliché territory.
Overall, enjoyable and charming but there is nothing really spectacular apart from some performances, the music and visuals. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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