Ramblings from the Desert

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Author of the urban fantasy novel, The Music of Chaos, and the paranormal romance, The Canvas Thief.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Inkheart, the movie

Mortimer (Brendan Fraser) is a Slivertongue, which means he can bring storybook characters to life by reading the tale aloud. Nine years ago, before he knew he had the ability, he read a novel called Inkheart to his young daughter and wife, unwittingly unleashing several of the book's characters on our world. Of note are Capricorn the villain, played deliciously by Andy Serkis, and the basically decent but conflicted Dustfinger the fire juggler (Paul Bettany).

The cost of this magical mayhem is Mortimer's wife, who is sucked into the book. Mortimer proceeds to spend the next nine years searching for a copy of the book, so he can read his wife back to his world. I'm not sure where the original book got to. Also, it's rather amazing that he managed to keep his reasons for their constant travels from his obviously bright daughter, Meggie (Eliza Bennett) for so many years.

I imagine, most of this is explain in the book. Despite this and other flaws, the movie is charming fun. Fraser is believable as the devoted dad and husband. As opposed to the perpetually distracted and negligent dad in The Mummy Returns. (Actually, I really like The Mummy Returns, but Rick and Evelyn are terrible parents.)

Helen Mirren is lovely and grand as Mortimer's book worshipping Aunt Elinor. There really isn't a slow moment in the movie, as the characters are moved from one crisis to another. There are also no idiotic, screaming, helpless, females to be found in a film where even the somewhat elderly Aunt Elinor gets in the action.

And while I don't mind cursing, sex and other adult stuff in movies, it's worth noting that Inkheart is a family friendly movie. Some of the action sequences and the arrival of the big baddie at the end might be a bit much for younger children, but otherwise Inkheart is appropriate for all ages.

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