Alan @ Transbuddha - wrote on 01/23/09
How much do you like fantasy films aimed at kids? That’s really the only question to ask yourself when considering seeing Inkheart. If you enjoyed similar films such as The NeverEnding Story, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and Eragon, you might want to give it a chance. Maybe.
Brendan Fraser stars as a good-hearted but slightly dimwitted hero (hmm, sound familiar?) Mo Folchart. Years ago, accidently, Mo discovered he had the ability to read characters, objects and events out of books. That’s kinda cool, right? But there is a catch - whenever something, or someone, comes out of a book something, or someone, must take its place.
Years have passed with Mo hiding his gift from his daughter (Eliza Bennett) and searching for a copy of a book which holds something precious to them both locked deep inside. Things come to a head when characters from the book finally catch up to the “Silvertongue” with their own demands on how he should use his gift.
As a fantasy/adventure the film works okay, though there’s nothing all that memorable. A film like Inkheart might be more at home on cable. It’s better than Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, but it’s no Harry Potter.