Oscar season doth approach.
A new trailer has emerged for The Book Thief, a drama set in a fictional town in Germany during World War II.
Based on the acclaimed, award winning novel, it follows a young girl who is left with a foster family after her Communist parents go into hiding. Unable to read, she develops an obsession with learning and literature that help her cope with the terrors to come.
Any adaptation of such a beloved novel is bound to be courting awards attention and The Book Thief looks no different.
Of course, Geoffrey Rush is never less than excellent, and helmed by Downton Abbey and A Boy Called Dad director Brian Percival, it feels like a welcome break from a disappointing summer of underwhelming blockbusters.
However, the trailer producers seem to have lost their nerve at some point. Half way through said promo, one of the most jarring, incongruous American voiceovers you could imagine kicks in- and it’s almost laughable.
It’s worth watching the trailer below just to enjoy that moment of enormous silliness. A European drama about the fear and horrors of a child in Nazi Germany does need an ‘In a world…’ moment. Fools.
The Book Thief is released in November.