“A story that opened a door between the real world and our imaginations.” – Co-Producer and Director Iain Softley
What opened the Inkheart door for me was discovering swaggering-cool Matt King was in it. Upon further research, I found the movie features an ensemble cast that includes Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Dame Helen Lydia Mirren DBE, Jim Broadbent, Rafi Gavron, Andy Serkis, Jamie Foreman, and newcomer Eliza Bennett. It’s hard for a production to fail with such a stellar cast; you can’t go wrong w/Bettany and Dame Mirren. So I sat down to watch and was pulled into the story before I knew it happened; it is engaging. (I am not familiar w/the 2003 young-adult fantasy Inkheart novel by Cornelia Funke on which this movie is based.)
As Softley stated in his quote above, Inkheart opened my door between the real world and my imagination. The artwork, animation, and special effects were spectacular! The story had action, adventure, and chills from which nightmares are born. (The Shadow in particular was impressive, realistic, frightening.) It took a lot of hard work by many talented people to connect this film’s numerous elements to flow so gracefully and onto the screen – the epitome of escapism. I got the feeling the actors were having fun with their roles, which made it fun for me to watch. It also made me think: what if one could not read, thus opening the door to imagination? Parts of the world would be lost to one, as would many of the literary references in this story. Finally, there is a moral to this tale: “Man is the measure of all things … the ultimate source of value”.
I have since purchased the film and enjoy it often at my pleasure.