The Thief Lord

  • PG
  • Richard Claus (2005)
  • Ger / UK / Lux / Aus
  • 94 min
The Thief Lord
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Orphan brothers embark on a curious adventure in this limp family fantasy, based on Cornelia Funke's bestselling children's novel. After escaping their cruel aunt and uncle, Prosper (Aaron Johnson) and the younger Bo (Jasper Harris) head to Venice and fall in with a group of fellow child runaways, led by Scipio (Rollo Weeks), the teenage self-styled "Thief Lord". Supporting themselves by stealing for a crooked antiques dealer (a cartoonish Alexei Sayle), the gang end up commissioned to find a magical artefact. Though the events that follow contain a sprinkling of mystery and enchantment, the overall storyline is woefully underdeveloped. Intriguing ideas are annoyingly squandered in favour of constant fleeing from grown-ups, leaving plot threads dangling. Worse still, the acting is appallingly wooden (with not a single Italian accent to be heard!), making everything feel flat and amateurish. Consequently, while the under-10s might enjoy the cheeky dialogue and scenes of adult humiliation, few others will share their enthusiasm.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Jim Carter and Caroline Goodall. Bo and Prosper, two orphan brothers on the run from their cruel aunt, flee to Venice. There, the duo fall in with a group of fellow child runaways, led by Scipio, the self-styled teenage Thief Lord, who support themselves by stealing for a local antiques dealer. When the gang are commissioned to find a magical wooden artefact, they ask Bo and Prosper to help, but first they have to shake off a private detective hired by their relatives.

Cast and crew

Cast

Victor
Jim Carter
Ida
Caroline Goodall
Scipio
Rollo Weeks
Prosper
Aaron Johnson
Riccio
George MacKay
Bo
Jasper Harris
Hornet
Alice Connor
Mosca
Lathaniel Dyer
Barbarossa
Alexei Sayle
Sister Antonia
Vanessa Redgrave

Crew

Director
Richard Claus

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Available on DVD
Released 26 May 2006
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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