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INKHEART (2008) Graphic Review 

  • By John Robert
  • 23 Jan, 2009

SYNOPSIS:
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 locates 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 to life his most powerful ally, 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.

REVIEW:
INKHEART dramatizes an important truth: Stories shape us. We live by stories. Poet Muriel Rukeyserwas exactly correct in saying, “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”

If you want to change your life, change your story. This is true of the whole of our world as well. A better world would result from better stories, as Arthur C. Clarke humorously put it, “Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”

Stories have the power to transform us, and that is what INKHEART is all about. Stories are the ink that writes on the scrolls of our hearts. INKHEART is an important reminder of this life changing truth.

Release date: January 23, 2009
Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director: Iain Softley
MPAA Rating: PG (for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language)
Screenwriter: David Lindsay-Abaire
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis, Sienna Guillory, Eliza Hope Bennett, Rafi Gavron
Genre:  Fantasy, Adventure

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