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Iain Softley (2007)

PG Certificate


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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.


Mo Folchart possesses the unusual ability to make characters he reads about in books come to life. When he unleashes a fictional villain to cause mayhem in the real world, Mo and his daughter must find a way to put him back in the book. Fantasy adventure based on Cornelia Funke's novel, starring Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis and Helen Mirren.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Iain Softley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Dec 2008
Drama Children's