When I first learned that The Book Thief was being made into a film, I got a stomach ache. I really didn't think there was anyway that this feat could be effectively done, and I worried that people would watch the film instead of read the book, which would rob many of a truly remarkable and poignant experience. How would Death be incorporated? Would they cast twenty-somethings in the roles of the children? The book is largely about words themselves, so to remove the story from the page seemed a massive misstep.
Then I saw the trailer. I adore Geoffrey Rush. That setting is magical. The music is atmospheric, sad, and lovely. It looks like they're trying their hardest to stick to the integrity of the novel. I'm still nervous, but I've resolved to reserve judgement until I see it. Who's with me?