Iain Softly is a director hitherto unknown to me. Here, he has put together a good, colourful, and beautifully photographed fantasy tale that deals with "silver tongue" - people who, when reading a book aloud, can make its characters come to life!
Both Mo Folchart (likeable Brandan Fraser) and his daughter Meggy (Eliza Bennett) posess this gift...which, they discover, also enables them to make the story retro-active if there are situations that may need changing (and there are!). Meggy's mother, Basta (Jamie Forman) suddenly goes missing while Mo is reading a very young Meggy the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and for the next twelve years, Mo and Meggy scour town after town across Europe, looking for her. They repeatedly encounter a man named Dustfinger, who incessantly pleads with Mo to return him to where he really belongs! But can Dustfinger be trusted...?
Each and every character - heroes and villains alike - has a believable invividuality; and if the film has any fault, it is that almost too much has been crammed into the106-minute running time! And although a minor role, Helen Mirren, as Meggy's Aunt, Elinor Loredan, steals the whole picture!
Verdict: an ambitious and entertaining adventure into the far-too-seldom-exploited movie world of fantasy!
Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages.
On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo hears voices he hasn't heard for years, and when he locates the book they're coming from, it sends a shiver up his spine. It's Inkheart, a book filled with illustrations of medieval castles and strange creatures--a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa, vanished into its mystical world. But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn, the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father's gift, demands that she bring his most powerful ally to life--the Shadow.
Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family--some from the real world, some from the pages of books--and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.
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