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Wonderful For The Whole Family,
This review is from: Thief Lord, The (DVD)
Up until the day that I saw "The Thief Lord" on the DVD shelf, I was entirely unfamiliar with it and the book it's based on. It was a wonderful surprise. It follows the lives of two young boys named Prosper and Boniface who trek off to Venice in order to remain together after losing their mother. She always told them how magical Venice was, and their expectations were high. Instead, they are left to fend for themselves on the street until they meet the Thief Lord. He's sort of a cross between Robin Hood and Peter Pan, though his intentions aren't to stay young forever.
The Thief Lord houses a small band of orphans in an old theater, and Prosper and Bo join them. They gain the trust of the group when Prosper haggles with a local antiques dealer and garners a large sum of money for the group. As the story rolls along, Bo and Prosper's relatives hire a private eye to seek them out. They also run into a nice photographer who ends up helping them quite a bit during their adventures. Eventually, the duo uncover some wild information about the Thief Lord, hunt for a magical wing, and help there fellow orphans along the way. It's all done in a wonderful and child-like fashion. The magic of Venice is slowly revealed and results in quite a grand climax. The antiques dealer adds a nice bit of comic relief, especially near the end of the film.
In closing, give "The Thief Lord" a chance. It doesn't have the same budget as many other modern "family friendly" films, but it is a much better film overall. It's getting a lot of comparison to the "Harry Potter" flicks, but I believe that it stands apart from that film and really doesn't have much in common with it other than the English accents. I highly recommend it, especially if you have children, but I even recommend it to adults who simply enjoy magical tales.