You know that forthcoming Inkheart movie? The one we’ve been talking about pretty much nonstop on The Splot for, oh, I don’t know, forever? Well, not to gloat or anything . . . but I’ve seen the movie, and you haven’t! >:-)
How do I know? Because it’s not coming out until this Friday (January 23rd). But don’t worry — that just means you have time to read the book if you haven’t already, or to re-read it in case you’ve forgotten the details of Mo and Meggie’s journey.
I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that the movie sticks pretty close to the spirit of the book. As always, action from the original story is condensed or cut altogether, but the overall plot is intact.
Also, Eliza Bennett, who plays Meggie, does a really good job — not like some other kid actors who are totally stiff or, even worse, just too over the top. The rest of the main characters are also well-cast, in my opinion: Brendan Fraser plays Mo, and Cornelia Funke actually wrote the book with him in mind for the character! Paul Bettany plays Dustfinger, and he’s perfect as the slippery fire-eater. Helen Mirren plays Elinor, and when I first heard that, I was not very happy because I think of Helen Mirren as a strong, bold woman and that’s not the way I see Eleanor — but Helen Mirren affects a slight revision of Elinor’s demeanor that works perfectly with her own screen presence and somehow also fits right in with my initial impression of the Elinor in the book. No wonder she’s an Oscar winner!
Most importantly to me, the same way that Inkheart the book doesn’t feel like a children’s tale so much as a finely-drawn fantasy novel, the film also doesn’t feel like simply a children’s movie so much as a full-on adventure film.
Are you excited yet? While you wait for the movie to hit theaters, immerse yourself in the Inkheart world online at www.scholastic.com/inkheart. Take a personality quiz to see which character you’re most like, listen to an audio reading of the first chapter of the book, see Cornelia Funke’s photo slideshow of her writing room, and more! It’s almost like being magically read into the story.
— Karen, STACKS Staffer