Inkheart (2009) – Movie Review

Inkheart is a fantasy film based on the book of the same name. The movie was slated to be released on March 19, 2008 but was pushed to December 12, 2008 in the UK and January 23, 2009 in the US.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Brendan Fraser in "Inkheart"
Brendan Fraser in "Inkheart"

Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (played by Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Bennett), share a passion for books. Mo has been searching for a book called Inkheart through secondhand book shops for nearly a decade. When he finally finds the book, he accidentally brings Dustfinger (Paul Bettany) to life. When Dustfinger confronts Mo in order to tell him that Capricorn (Andy Serkis) is pursuing Mo and he is in danger, Mo completely brushes him aside. Instead, Mo chooses to visit his mother, Elinor Loredan (Helen Mirren) in Italy and brings Meggie along.

Unexpectedly, Dustfinger appears in Italy, where Mo and Meggie stay only to tell Mo that he corporates with Capricorn since it’s the only chance for him to get back into the book after Mo has repeatedly refused to do so. Capricorn’s men ransacks the house and the library in order to find the book entitled "Inkheart". They also capture Mo, Meggie and Elinor as prisoners and throw them into a dungeon together with mystical beasts in adjacent cages inside a castle. With so many things occurring, Mo finally reveals to Meggie and Elinor that he’s a Silvertongue and he has an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when he reads them aloud. But his action has also caused his wife, Resa (Sienna Guillory) who has disappeared into its the pages of Inkheart.

Mo’s plan to use the book to rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn throws the book into the fireplace. Mo and his family together with the aid of Dustfinger and Farid (a character from Ali Baba and the forty thieves) create a thunderstorm to divert the attention of Capricorn’s men in a bid to escape. They manage to escape and find the original author of Inkheart. Even though Mo manages to find the original manuscript in order to rescue his wife and send Capricorn and all the villains back to the book, little does he knows that Capricorn has captured his daughter whom also has the gift like his father and Capricorn’s evil plan to bring the Shadow to life.

Overall, it is a weak fantasy movie with predictable storyline. Only if the movie was shown in December 2007, as it was planned originally, it may be more interesting. Other than that, it is quite decent with Brendan Fraser playing a character with more dialogues compared to his acting in the Journey to the Center of the Earth movie.

My rating: 6 out of 10.

Inkheart (2008) Trailer

About characters coming alive from book, Inkheart stars Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis (yes, he played Gollum’s voice in LOTR) and Eliza Bennett.