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Film review: Inkheart

Brendan Fraser and Eliza Bennet in Inkheart

Release date & rating

It's out now.

The stars

This film is fit to burst with big names. Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren, Paul Bettany, and Andy Serkis (better known as Gollum from Lord of the Rings) head up the cast.

There's also a young star, Eliza Bennett, who is brilliant and is definitely one to look out for.

The plot

Mo, played by Brendan Fraser, is a Silvertongue, which means he has the power to bring characters out of books just by reading the story out loud.

Paul Bettany and friend in Inkheart
On a visit to an old fashioned book shop with his daughter (Eliza Bennett), he finds the book he has been searching for for several years.

With it he finds a character he once read out of a book, and a chance to find something he lost years ago and a great adventure.


Best bits

There are a load of references to books you might well have read including a whole host of mythical creatures.

There's also a great bit where the villain makes Mo read from the book to prove how good his power is which is a great scene.


Fave characters

Dustfinger is a great character. Not only does he have some cool magical powers he is also very interesting.

He's a character from a book and has been written to act a certain way. He has a very interesting time trying to deal with that and to see if he can change it.

Any weak bits?

There was a lot of talk about just how great books and reading are and the film didn't need it.

Those ideas came across in the film and they did not need to be said specifically.

Hit or miss?

This film is bound to be a hit. The cast, effects and story all make for a brilliant film.

NR rating:

Four out of five

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Your Comments

"Great film but a little scary. I've seen it four times now but I still want to go and watch it again."

Hannah, 9, Bolton, England

"It's the best movie I have ever seen. It is very dramatic - I will be the first to get it on DVD!!!"

Evie, 10, Lincolnshire, England

"It's such a brilliant movie; I've read all of the books and cannot wait for the next one!!!!!"

Roki, 15, Birmingham, England

"I thought this film was absolutely fantastic, I could watch it a million times and not get sick of it."

Charlotte, 14, Lancashire, England

"I think it is a wonderful story and it has great characters. The images are fantastic, I would totally love to be in it. When you see the movie you will get the THRILLS and CHILLS."

Maryam, 9, Barnsley, England

"I read the book and I've been to see it and I think it is amazing. It is definitely going to be a hit."

Emily, 9, Tyne and Wear, England

"I think it was great! But the books are way better! Anyone who enjoyed the film should read the trilogy!"

Megan, 11, Devon, England

"I loved the film, it's very touching and inspirational. I would love to have the power of bringing things from a book to life!!!!"

Daniella, 13, London, England

"I think it was a brilliant; in a few months they should make Inkheart 2!!!"

Lily, 7, Cheshire, England

"It's a great film to watch and I've seen it twice now."

Matty, 11, Cambridge, England

"I didn't really enjoy this film as much as thought I would. I am reading the book at the moment and I think that the book is a lot better than the film; there are a lot of mystical creatures that I like and I thought most of the acting was great, but it was predictable."

Eve, 10, Merseyside, England

"There are lots of exciting parts and it's hard to take your eyes off the screen."

Tori, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"I thought this film was really, really good - although Andy Serkis was quite scary! I hope they make the other films too."

Katie, 10, Sheffield, England

"I thought the film was OK. The books are fantastic and they are much better than the film."

Roshni, 12, Wembley, England

"I think it was a great film and it made me want to read the books. Personally I think the ending was very nice and I would give the film four stars."

Kayla, 15, Birmingham, England

"It's a brill movie, I would say go and see it. It's one of the best movies of the year, 4/5. The storyline is very good and the actors were brilliant."

Michael, 11, Antrim, Northern Ireland

"I thought it was an action packed adventure with great acting."

Jake, 10, Slough, England

"I loved the film, but it was disappointing after reading the book. However, if you try to forget the book whilst watching it is truly amazing. It's my favourite 2008 film."

Emile, 13, Bristol, England

"Wow! Read the book - watched the movie. Both are very good. 5/5. The film is less scary than the book though."

Izzy, 12, Cambridge, England

"I hated it, worst film since WALL-E. I should have come out halfway through!!"

Georgia, 9, Warrington, England

"I've read the first two books and saw the film with my school library. I enjoyed it but it strayed from the book a lot! I was especially disappointed with the ending!"

Jojo, 12, Scotland

"Quite a creative and delightful fantasy adventure with brilliant special effects but a predictable and pointless ending to a great film."

Daniel, 13, Newport, Wales

"I like the movie, but I prefer the books."

Georgia, 11, Cambridge, England

"It was really good how it all fitted together to make a surprising story line."

Jasmine, 12, Dorset, England

"This film is excellent and I would recommend it to all kids who love fantasy. It is really sad, but a great film."

Emily, 11, Newcastle, England

"I've read the book of it and if it is as good as the book it is gonna rock! I just hope they do the sequel."

Alicia, 13, Cumbria, England

"Amazing. My favourite part was where the old lady came riding in on a unicorn."

Sammy, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"The film was fantastic. I would see it again for sure, even my Mum loved it. I will be first in line to buy the DVD when it comes out."

Claire, 13, Northern Ireland

"It's the best film ever!"

Leila, 13, England