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Running Time:
1 hour, 46 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Despite its barrage of special effects and a convoluted plot, this fantasy adventure should delight and entertain younger audiences.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Eliza reads to us: co-star Eliza Bennett shares a favorite Inkheart passage not in the movie, accompanied by cornelia funke illustrations.

Brendan Fraser ... Mo Folchart
Sienna Guillory ... Resa
Eliza Bennett ... Meggie Folchart
Paul Bettany ... Dustfinger
Helen Mirren ... Elinor Loredan
Andy Serkis ... Capricorn
Jamie Foreman ... Basta
Richard Strange ... Bookshop Owner


In this this fantasy adventure based on the best selling novel by Cornelia Funke, Mo (Brendan Fraser "The Mummy") is hiding a secret from his 13-year-old daughter Meggie (Eliza Bennett "Nanny McPhee") about how her mother (Sienna Guillory "Eragon") disappeared ten years ago. When Mo reads aloud to his daughter, the characters pop right out of the pages. On the hunt for a rare book while staying with a dotty aunt (Helen Mirren "The Queen") in Italy, they stumble into a fire-juggler (Paul Bettany "Wimbledon") who knows Mo's story, and before long they're grabbed by the power-mad Capricorn (Andy Serkis "Lord of the Rings"), who wants to make sure he never has to go back into his book.

This film is constantly introducing new characters and settings, creating an odd blend of mystery, suspense and offhanded comedy. For the most part, director Iain Softley ("The Wings of the Dove") manages to keep a grip on the busy plot threads bringing them into sharp focus and presenting its multitude of images grounded in reality.

Young, Eliza Bennett is terrific in a fairly difficult role and Helen Mirren gets some superb scenes early on, before turning into a slapstick character, while Jim Broadbent ("Gangs of New York") is charming as the book's author. The finale is filled with a hysterically outrageous barage of special effects complete with ticking crocodile and flying monkeys, which throws everything but the kitchen sink onto the screen at once, but the movie will surely delight and entertain younger audiences.

Inkheart with Brendan Fraser: DVD Cover

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