new film review: inkheart

I've just started reading Inkheart, and immediately a key difference between the novel and the movie leaps out to explain why the movie doesn't quite succeed as well as it should: mystery. Funke structured her novel as a suspense/mystery story, in which the protagonist (12-year-old Meggie) has to noodle her way through strange and increasingly menacing occurrences. The movie, however, begins with revelations galore, stripping out any sense of awe and mystery and leaving behind the structure of a garden-variety adventure movie where heroes face off against villains, race against time before Something Truly Awful happens, and we are left feeling as if we've seen all this before.

Review at The Front Page Online:

Inkheart: Plenty of Ink, Not Enough Heart

and also at inkandashes.net.

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