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This review is from: The Thief Lord (DVD)
To tell you the truth, this is probably the best movie I've seen all year, and probably will be with in the top two or three. Plus, it's a movie the whole family can enjoy, since kids of all ages can watch it.
I rented this movie from blockbuster, and now I'm bugging my mother to buy me it so I can watch it over, and over, and over, and never have to return it.
Alright, so here's the deal, the movie's plot was based on 'The Thief Lord' a book that was written by Cornella Funke. As many say, the book is better then the movie. But darn, did this get close.
Both the movie and the book were full of action, adventure, secrets, and mysteries that had to be uncovered as the plot progressed.
Plot: Prosper (played by Aaron Johnson), age 15 , and his little brother Bo (played by Jasper Harris), age six and a quarter, ran away to Venice after their mother died to escape their aunt and uncle who weren't exactly the nicist people in the world. Once they step foot into Venice, misery seems to follow them everywhere. First off, they have little food and only a few cents left in money, and then Bo comes down with a cough, plus they have no shelter. But all of that changed when Scipio (Played by Rollo Weeks.), also known as the Thief Lord.
Sorry, I can't tell you anymore of the plot, ^_~ No need for me to spoil it for you.
Actors/Actresses: They casted the cast very well, Bo was adorable and did look like a little angel, while both Scipio and Prosper were very cute, while the dective did seem to always change faces with his numerous fake-hair peices, then Hornet and the others were equally good at their ability to act.
Music: The music was wonderful, it really did bring the movie to life. I really did enjoy the ending song, it really did fit the movie well.
Lighting: Wonderfully done, well thought out, and well planned. Of course, the majority of the movie took place at night, which is (I think) hard to do since it's usually pitch black, but even then you could still see the actor's and actress's faces with out putting a blinding spot light on them.
Animation/Special Affects: I think for the budget that this movie had, they did very well. Clearly, this wasn't like the Harry Potter movies where they had alot of cash to film it, but still it was well done.
Good animation for the budget
Intense plot that kept you wondering what would happen next.
Music was wonderful
The actors/actresses carried their roles well.
Kept close to the books original plot.
Never going to be a second one. :(
I wish they had it a little bit longer to fit in a few mor thigns, but not everything can happen.
Over all: I give it five stars. ^_~
Oh, one last thing, I suggest that you rent the movie before you actually buy it maybe. For some people who like alot of violence, this movie doesn't have to much of it. But, if you enjoyed the book go ahead and get it, you won't be disappointed.
Hope you found this review helpful! ^_^