What if you could bring things to life by reading them? I just got through reading Watchmen…. Oh boy….. The story of Inkheart is a good one, and will make fantasy fan-boys shout in glee. In the story, a man (Brendan Frasier) who has the ability to bring books to life by reading it takes his daughter to go in search of a book called Inkheart, and when they find it, it sweeps them into a world of adventure. An evil villain named Capricorn (Andy Serkis), which sounds a lot like candy corn, is in search of the book as well, and pretty soon, the groups are colliding as they try to rescue the protagonist’s wife, send the evil characters from whence they came, and make it home in one piece. If you’re reading this, and you’re a fan of fantasy, or just a big book worm (I’m not meaning it derogatorily), then quit reading this review. Go see this movie, you’ll love it. This movie’s got enough mystical creatures, fun little nods to classic literature, and more to secure your $7.50. I myself, am not too huge a fan of the mystical elements, but was won over by the movie’s zeal to bringing those books to, well, life. The characters in this movie are also pretty well portrayed. Brendan Frasier’s his usual self, but Andy Serkis did a pretty good job as a villain, plus, HELEN MIRREN! Probably the thing I liked best about this movie was it’s way of combining this mythical sense of wonder and fantasy, and then slapping that into the middle of real life. Plus, a lot of the characters were well designed (Capricorn’s henchmen were great), and the CGI was great. The only problem I had was that sometimes the plot could get a little convoluted at times (a story within a story within a story), and it ran a little too long at about 2 hours. Sometimes the fantasy elements would get a little too heavy for me, but then I was back to a good medium. I actually really liked this movie, more than I thought I would. If you’re looking for a great fantasy tale with a good deal of action for a January release, look no further. This movie’s a solid movie for a Friday night movie trip, if anything else, a perfect rent for a fantasy-craving movie fan.
3 1/2 out of 5