Fantasy Adventure - This is a fantasy-adventure for the whole family, particularly older
pre-teens/younger teens and their parents. Fans of Brendan
more action-oriented films may be a bit disappointed.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Inkheart looks good and is well acted but, in the end, it left me indifferent.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Not realizing that 'Inkheart' is based on a famous fantasy novel, I had the foolish hope the movie might be about books. No luck. Wait till you hear what it's about.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Much is made of the magic of literature in Inkheart, but the joys of losing yourself in reading are undermined by the movie's barrage of special effects and a convoluted plot.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 49 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: They loved "Inkheart."
TEENS: Both the males and females enjoyed "Inkheart" very much. Just a few were somewhat disappointed.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: There were only a few but they loved it.
ADULTS: A little better than half of the males loved "Inkheart." Most of the remaining males only rated it as "Good/Average," which is a bit disappointing. The ladies enjoyed it more with three-quarters rating it very high and the rest rating it "Good/Average." "Inkheart" is a very good, but not quite great, movie.
Mortimer "Mo" Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter,
Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an
extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud.
But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person
disappears into its pages.
On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo hears voices he hasn't
heard for years, and when he locates the book they're coming from, it sends a shiver
up his spine. It's Inkheart, a book filled with illustrations of medieval castles and
strange creatures—a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old,
when her mother, Resa (Sienna Guillory), vanished into its mystical world.
But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when
Capricorn (Andy Serkis), the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering
she has inherited her father's gift, demands that she bring his most powerful ally to
life—the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional
characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and
family—some from the real world, some from the pages of books—and embarks on
a daring and perilous journey to set things right.