Monday, May 9, 2011

Movies You Might Have Missed Mondays

The written word. It’s a powerful thing.” - Mo (aka Silvertongue)

No secret, I love stories. Not just movies, but books too. Movies because they create tangible images and sounds but books because words have meaning. And if strung together with skill and imagination, words come to life.

In our minds, that is. The words come to life in our hearts and thoughts and imaginations.

The movie I’ve picked for this week is about words in books actually coming to life, so it’s no wonder why I adored this film.

It’s called Inkheart. Based on a children’s book by Cornelia Funke, the movie version released in 2008 and starred Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren, Andy Seris, and Paul Bettany.

Meggie, a young girl, travels all over the world with her father who is an antique book restorer. It’s a perfect job since he’s searching for a certain book. Meggie doesn’t understand their lifestyle, but has no reason to question it until one day she meets a strange character, a man named Dustfinger whom her father obviously fears. Soon after, Meggie finds out that her father is a Silvertongue, meaning that when he reads aloud, the words he reads become reality, come to life. The catch is, however, every time something or someone comes out of a book, someone goes in. Silvertongue found this out by accident when Meggie was a baby, when the characters from the book Inkheart came to life, but Meggie’s mother disappeared.

In the course of looking for the book in order to read out his wife, Silvertongue is confronted by the evil characters from Inkheart who want #1 – all the copies of Inkheart burned so that they never have to go back, and #2 – Silvertongue to read whatever they want out of certain books, such as the treasure from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

I love this movie because it’s about words and their power. I love it because, at one point, the author of Inkheart (played by the awesome Jim Broadbent) meets his characters, and I found myself terribly jealous of him! I love it because it shows the impact books and stories make on our lives.

I love it because it makes me think of John 1:1-5:

“In the beginning the Word already existed.

The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He existed in the beginning with God.

God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

For an original, fun, family-friendly, meaningful adventure, I suggest Inkheart. It’s a party for the creative soul!

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