When the time comes it seems like this thing called death enjoys taking the souls to his own kingdom because it has never had the opportunity to live. With this movie, Liesel - the heroine of the movie - shows to the death how sometimes she can be envious of people's life.
As for the story of the movie, it is the childhood journey of Liesel a daughter from a communist woman who is going to be supposedly killed that has a brother who dies in the train journey to a little town where the girl is going to be adopted by a married, german couple. In this little town Liesel is going to find all kinds of love, from parental love to romantic love with a boy of her age, she is also going to have brotherly love with Max, a jewish boy who is hiding from the Nazi troops.
Liesel, who does not know how to read or write at first starts to learn with his father in law and also starts to "borrow" books - even though she gives them back, anybody knows she takes them - from a rich family and she learns from them new words and new things. The books are her way to escape from the world she is living in and to help Max, who is sick, to keep on living. The books are the life for this kind and loving girl.
A enjoyable but at the same time dramatic - but not trailing in the dramatic facts - and moving movie that, sometimes, can be a little bit slow and even it can seem it does not advance but that finally ends up being a classic story with original elements of the innocence of a girl whose love, that she gives and recieves from her family and friend, overcomes all the obstacles.
Geoffrey Rush is a good cast in this movie as he does very well his character, Hans as it is also Emily Watson as Rosa. The two kids, Liesel and Rudy (Sophie Néllise and Nico Liersch) also do a good job.