Inkheart

  • PG
  • Iain Softley (2007)
  • Ger / US
  • 101 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Despite flourishes of CGI, the power of the written word is what drives this fantasy adventure. But perhaps not fast enough. Based on Cornelia Funke's novel, the film stars Brendan Fraser as Mo Folchart, father to the inquisitive young Meggie (Eliza Bennett). Mo is nicknamed "Silvertongue" thanks to his ability to bring storybook characters to life. Sadly, the mythical beings he conjures (including a typically villainous Andy Serkis as the evil Capricorn) have imprisoned his wife (Sienna Guillory) within the pages of the book, Inkheart. The only offer of help comes from Dustfinger (Paul Bettany), a shifty fire-breathing juggler who has also stepped off the pages of the novel. Even without the circus tricks, Bettany steals the show from Fraser, refusing to fit the mould of either hero or villain. And his rapport with Meggie is also much stronger. Director Iain Softley's adaptation of the bestseller is often uneven, but he does provide enough magic and whimsy (not to mention a batty Helen Mirren) to keep the kids enchanted.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Brendan Fraser and Paul Bettany. Bookbinder Mo Folchart has the gift of "silvertongue", the ability to make characters in a book come to life. But when he manifests three villains from an old novel, his wife is taken in exchange, forcing Mo and his daughter to embark on an epic journey across Europe to save her.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mo Folchart
Brendan Fraser
Dustfinger
Paul Bettany
Elinor Loredan
Helen Mirren
Fenoglio
Jim Broadbent
Capricorn
Andy Serkis
Meggie Folchart
Eliza Bennett
Farid
Rafi Gavron
Resa
Sienna Guillory
Basta
Jamie Foreman
Mortola
Lesley Sharp
Cockerell
Matt King
Flatnose
Steve Speirs
Fulvio
Stephen Graham
Darius
John Thomson
Roxanne
Jennifer Connelly
Narrator
Roger Allam

Crew

Director
Iain Softley

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Dec 2008
Certificate PG
Categories
Childrens
Drama

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