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LIMERICK REVIEW: They once were all just characters in books:
Heroes, villains, charlatans, and crooks.
But then there were the silvertongues,
Who breathed REAL life into their lungs.
And if they ever told anyone, they’d just get strange looks.

HAIKU REVIEW: Fiction characters
should prob’ly just stay that way…
They’re often ruthless.

PEOPLE: From director Iain Softley (K-PAX, Hackers), based on the book by Cornelia Funke. With Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Journey To The Center Of The Earth), Sienna Guillory (aka Valentine from Resident Evil:Apocalypse), child actor Eliza Bennett, and Paul Bettany (Jarvis from Iron Man, Silas from The Da Vinci Code), Andy Serkis (Gollum from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Clueless). And yes, that’s Jennifer Connelly in the itty-bitty role of Roxanne (the wife of Dustfinger). Which makes sense, since she’s the actor’s wife in real life (!).

The book is recent — 2003. The author actually had Brendan Fraser in mind when she wrote the book. The studios had to cave to her demand :)

QUIRKS: “Since the dawn of time, storytellers have enchanted audiences with their words. But there is an even rarer gift. There are those, who by reading out loud, can bring characters to life. Out of books and into our world. Most of these Silvertongues, as they are known, prefer to keep their skills a secret. But some do not even know this gift is theirs, until it is too late.” Expect to see characters out of books come to life. Not as many as you’d like — they’re all from the book Inkheart, except Farid who is from Ali Baba & His 40 Thieves, and Toto from The Wizard Of Oz. This is a fantasy — but one that happens in our normal, non-fantastic reality. Which makes it more interesting than most fantasies.

VISUALS: As fantasy movies go, the visual level here is really low. It takes place in *our* reality. Other than the finale, and some fire play, there’s barely anything unrealistic in this fantasy. Which is in and of itself a bit unusual for a fantasy movie.

BAD STUFF: Nothing, really… But it is rated PG.

CONCLUSION: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. A solid fantasy movie. Good stuff! Not as cliche or as predictable as most fantasy movies. If this was edgier and more intense, it could go on to get 5/5 stars. But it’s kind of a kid’s story in some ways, so it can only be so good.

RECOMMENDATION: Writers might find this interesting due to the characters-coming-alive angle. But anyone who likes fantasy movies would probably like this.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Well… Cool World had the cartoon characters crossing over into the real world…

Mood: so much blood for such a tiny hole
Music: Kreator – Ghetto War