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Thief Lord, The
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Mystical, magical and completely enchanting, this epic tale in the tradition of the Harry Potter series brings the beloved characters of prize-winning novelist Cornelia Funke to dazzling life. After their mother dies, two boys flee their mean aunt and head for Venice, Italy, where they meet Scipio, the mysterious "Thief Lord." Along with a small band of abandoned kids who call an old movie theater home, the boys join Scipio's world of robbing the rich to support themselves. Soon, they win the heart of the detective hired to track them, and begin an adventure that leads them to an old merry-go-round believed to have special powers. Featuring Vanessa Redgrave and a captivating supporting cast, The Thief Lord will steal your heart from beginning to end.
The Thief Lord is a blend of Dickensian adventure and Harry Potter magic, an exciting adaptation of a popular novel by Cornelia Funke. A pair of orphaned and separated brothers, Prosper (Aaron Johnson) and Bo (Jasper Harris), escape their dreary homes in England and flee to Venice, Italy. On their first, frightening night there, they find sanctuary with the Thief Lord (Rollo Weeks), a masked, 16-year-old boy who gives them, along with a gaggle of other orphans, shelter in a shuttered movie theater. Living on the spoils of the Thief Lord's nightly raids of the rich, the kids become a happy, self-sufficient family that only has to stay out of the clutches of police and a nosy private detective (Jim Carter). But things change when a strange, elderly pair ask the kids to steal a strange object--a hunk of wood carved into the shape of a wing--for a lot of cash. What follows is completely unexpected, wildly imaginative, mysterious, and a lot of fun. The story has a way of sticking with one long after the film is over. With a cameo by Vanessa Redgrave, and loads of gorgeous exteriors of sunny Venice. Directed by Richard Claus, producer of The Little Vampire. --Tom Keogh
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Vanessa Redgrave has a touching cameo as the old beloved sister who tells the magical story of the "merry go round" (it feels likes she wants to say "carousel"!).
The story, in the book and successfully in the film, is a truly original one, and comparisons to Harry Potter seem a stretch and unfair (to both authors and their books). The Thief Lord needs no comparisons, it stands on its own and certainly stands up under repeated watchings (for both my son and I). It isn't the masterpiece that the book is but it is well-made and obviously carefully done with a marvelous sense of its own success. One addition that was annoying and superfluous was the hooking up of Prosper with the orphan girl, Hornet. The book did well without such pandering and the film would have too. Barbarosa's character is played for laughs and done well. The "Conte" and his sister's transformations are done with the right amount of mystery and fun and Scipio becomes even more handsome with his. The magic is handled well, I thought, without too much fuss and decent effects.
Although my children (ages 9 and 11) have read other Cornelia Funke books, none of us had read this one. As they say, the book may be better (it usually is), but the movie was fun and engrossing and well worth watching.
It's not an Academy Winner, but I really liked it. I originally looked this movie up from Rollo Weeks (Scipio) because I saw him in the Little Vampire, but I found a better actor in this: Aaron Johnson (Prosper). He really deserves recognition for this film. He was better than I had expected because I'd only seen him in a cameo role in Shanghai Nights (Charlie Chapmin) a few years before, but I was very impressed with his talent.
The movie in general is a good one and is enjoyable for the family and for all ages.
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