Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Release Date: January 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Directed by: Iain Softley
JJ Rating: C-
Readers read books and they come to life. Controlling what comes and goes is not easily done. But then a villain is read out of a book and causes problems for a family that will have to fight with the power of words from, of course, books. Inkheart.
What an imaginative story that was withered to nothing but drivel via Hollywood’s finger of death. They took what could have been a powerful story about reading and books and made it into a failed money maker. It was the directing that contributed, as well as the script and the MAIN reason why this was a failure, I believe, was Brendan Fraser. It’s so frustrating because he just can’t act. I can see him tying and no matter how hard he tried Paul Bettany danced circles around him by just uttering a single word or even a single raise of an eyebrow.
Paul Bettany and Helen Mirren are in a film that falls from the start and they are the only two that make this film worth watching. They were entertaining and did well with their acting and I just enjoyed them. It’s like a great tasting desert after a disappointing meal.
If I’m not overstepping I think that people who have read the book will be disappointed. I cannot see how a book that has such a great idea would founder as much as Inkheart did and be bestseller as well as on the radar of Hollywood to make a movie out of it.
I can’t get over the sadness I have for Brendan Fraser’s acting. I feel like disappointing can’t even begin to describe how bad he is. Ever seen a horrible movie on TV during those boring Saturday afternoons? Then you feel uncomfortable because the acting is just so atrocious you don’t understand how they even got in front of the camera? That is Brendan Fraser. Last year he was in that mummy movie that should have died after the second one, but didn’t. His acting is like using cardboard to build a house. Sounds like a fun idea, but when it rains and it falls a part the fun gets soggy and uncomfortable just moves right on in and takes over.
Inkheart had no heart, either. It lacked all the right things to make it a charming tale. It had all the right tools to become that, despite Fraser, but it didn’t even bother trying too hard to capture it. Don’t bother with this one. I don’t even think parents would want to try and withstand it with their children. I pray for those that brave this degrading film on books. All this material they had and all they could come up with was this? Not only is the recession touching us poor folk without millions, it’s brushed the brains of the movie makers causing them to ruin my fun on the weekends; my relaxation from stresses of the world; and they do this with total disregard and I’m going to have to do something about it. But I can’t, because sitting at home blogging doesn’t compare to the fun of a theater. Crap.